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Germany: Infectious Diseases Spreading as Migrants Settle In

Germany: Infectious Diseases Spreading as Migrants Settle In

by Soeren Kern
July 14, 2017 at 5:00 am
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  • A new report by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the federal government’s central institution for monitoring and preventing diseases, confirms an across-the-board increase in disease since 2015, when Germany took in an unprecedented number of migrants.
  • Some doctors say the actual number of cases of tuberculosis is far higher than the official figures suggest and have accused the RKI of downplaying the threat in an effort to avoid fueling anti-immigration sentiments.
  • “Around 700,000 to 800,000 applications for asylum were submitted and 300,000 refugees have disappeared. Have they been checked? Do they come from the high-risk countries?” — Carsten Boos, orthopedic surgeon, interview with Focus magazine.

A failed asylum seeker from Yemen who was given sanctuary at a church in northern Germany to prevent him from being deported has potentially infected more than 50 German children with a highly contagious strain of tuberculosis.

The man, who was sheltered at a church in Bünsdorf between January and May 2017, was in frequent contact with the children, some as young as three, who were attending a day care center at the facility. He was admitted to a hospital in Rendsburg in June and subsequently diagnosed with tuberculosis — a disease which only recently has reentered the German consciousness.

Local health authorities say that in addition to the children, parents and teachers as well as parishioners are also being tested for the disease, which can develop months or even years after exposure. It remains unclear if the man received the required medical exams when he first arrived in Germany, or if he is one of the hundreds of thousands of migrants who have slipped through the cracks.

The tuberculosis scare has cast a renewed spotlight on the increased risk of infectious diseases in Germany since Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed in around two million migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

A new report by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the federal government’s central institution for monitoring and preventing diseases, confirms an across-the-board increase in disease since 2015, when Germany took in an unprecedented number of migrants.

The Infectious Disease Epidemiology Annual Report — which was published on July 12, 2017 and provides data on the status of more than 50 infectious diseases in Germany during 2016 — offers the first glimpse into the public health consequences of the massive influx of migrants in late 2015.

The report shows increased incidences in Germany of adenoviral conjunctivitis, botulism, chicken pox, cholera, cryptosporidiosis, dengue fever, echinococcosis, enterohemorrhagic E. coli, giardiasis, haemophilus influenza, Hantavirus, hepatitis, hemorrhagic fever, HIV/AIDS, leprosy, louse-borne relapsing fever, malaria, measles, meningococcal disease, meningoencephalitis, mumps, paratyphoid, rubella, shigellosis, syphilis, toxoplasmosis, trichinellosis, tuberculosis, tularemia, typhus and whooping cough.

Germany has — so far at least — escaped the worst-case scenario: most of the tropical and exotic diseases brought into the country by migrants have been contained; there have no mass outbreaks among the general population. More common diseases, however, many of which are directly or indirectly linked to mass migration, are on the rise, according to the report.

The incidence of Hepatitis B, for example, has increased by 300% during the last three years, according to the RKI. The number of reported cases in Germany was 3,006 in 2016, up from 755 cases in 2014. Most of the cases are said to involve unvaccinated migrants from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. The incidence of measles in Germany jumped by more than 450% between 2014 and 2015, while the number of cases of chicken pox, meningitis, mumps, rubella and whooping cough were also up. Migrants also accounted for at least 40% of the new cases of HIV/AIDS identified in Germany since 2015, according to a separate RKI report.

The RKI statistics may be just the tip of the iceberg. The number of reported cases of tuberculosis, for example, was 5,915 in 2016, up from 4,488 cases in 2014, an increase of more than 30% during that period. Some doctors, however, believe that the actual number of cases of tuberculosis is far higher and have accused the RKI of downplaying the threat in an effort to avoid fueling anti-immigration sentiments.

In an interview with Focus, Carsten Boos, an orthopedic surgeon, warned that German authorities have lost track of hundreds of thousands of migrants who may be infected. He added that 40% of all tuberculosis pathogens are multidrug-resistant and therefore inherently dangerous to the general population:

“When asylum seekers come from countries with a high risk for tuberculosis infections, the RKI, as the highest German body for infection protection, should not downplay the danger. Is a federal institute using political correctness to conceal the unpleasant reality?

“The media reports that in 2015, the federal police registered about 1.1 million refugees. Around 700,000 to 800,000 applications for asylum were submitted and 300,000 refugees have disappeared. Have they been checked? Do they come from the high risk countries?

“One has the impression that in the RKI the left hand does not know what the right one is doing.”

Joachim Gauck, then Germany’s president, speaks to doctors in the infirmary of a reception center for migrants on August 26, 2015 in Berlin-Wilmersdorf, Germany. (Photo by Jesco Denzel/Bundesregierung via Getty Images)

German newspapers have published a flurry of articles about the public health dimension of the migrant crisis. The articles often quote medical professionals with first-hand experience of treating migrants. Many admit that mass migration has increased the risk of infectious diseases in Germany. Headlines include:

Refugees Often Bring Unknown Diseases to the Host Country“; “Refugees Bring Rare Diseases to Berlin“; Refugees in Hesse: Return of Rare Diseases“; “Refugees Often Bring Unknown Diseases to Germany“; “Experts: Refugees Bring ‘Forgotten’ Diseases“; “Three Times More Hepatitis-B Cases in Bavaria“; “Cases of Tapeworm in Germany Increased by More than 30%“; “Infectious Disease: Refugees Bring Tuberculosis“; “Tuberculosis in Germany is on the Rise Again, Especially in the Big Cities: Caused by Migration and Poverty“; “Refugees Are Bringing Tuberculosis“; More Diseases in Germany: Tuberculosis is Back“; “Medical Practitioner Fears Tuberculosis Risk due to Refugee Wave“; “Significantly More Tuberculosis in Baden-Württemberg: Migrants often Affected“; “Expert: Refugee Policy to Blame for Measles Outbreak“; “Scabies on the Rise in North Rhine-Westphalia“; “Almost Forgotten Diseases Like Scabies Return to Bielefeld“; “Do You Come into Contact with Refugees? You Should Pay Attention“; and “Refugees: A Wide Range of Disorders.”

At the height of the migrant crisis in October 2015, Michael Melter, the chief physician at the University Hospital Regensburg, reported that migrants were arriving at his hospital with illnesses that are hardly ever seen in Germany. “Some of the ailments I have not seen for 20 or 25 years,” he said, “and many of my younger colleagues have actually never seen them.”

Marc Schreiner, director of international relations for the German Hospital Federation (Deutschen Krankenhausgesellschaft), echoed Melter’s concerns:

“In the clinics, it is becoming increasingly common to see patients with diseases that were considered to have been eradicated in Germany, such as scabies. These diseases must reliably be diagnosed, which is a challenge.”

Christoph Lange, a tuberculosis expert at the Research Center Borstel, said that German doctors were unfamiliar with many of the diseases imported by migrants: “It would be useful if tropical diseases and other diseases that are rare in our lives played a bigger role in the training of physicians.”

The German Society for Gastroenterology, Digestive and Metabolic Diseases recently held a five-day symposium in Hamburg to help medical practitioners diagnose diseases which are rarely seen in Germany. Those include:

  • Louse-borne relapsing fever (LBRF): During the past two years, at least 48 people in Germany were diagnosed with LBRF, a disease that was unheard of in the country before the migration crisis in 2015, according to the RKI report. The disease, which is transmitted by clothing lice, has been prevalent among migrants from East Africa who have been travelling for months to reach Germany on a single set of clothes. “We had all forgotten about LBRF,” said Hans Jäger, a Munich-based doctor. “It has a mortality rate of up to 40% if it is not recognized and not treated with antibiotics. The symptoms are like in malaria: fever, headache, skin rash.”
  • Lassa fever: In February 2016, a patient who had been infected in Togo, West Africa, was treated and died in Germany. After his death, a Lassa virus infection was confirmed in another person who had professional contact with the corpse of the deceased. The person was treated at an isolation facility and survived the disease. This was the first documented transmission of the Lassa virus in Germany.
  • Dengue fever: Nearly a thousand people were diagnosed with dengue fever, a mosquito-borne tropical disease, in Germany during 2016. This is up 25% from 2014, when 755 people were diagnosed with the disease.
  • Malaria: The number of people diagnosed with malaria jumped sharply in 2014 (1,007) and 2015 (1,063), but declined slightly in 2016 (970). Most of those affected contracted the disease in Africa, particularly from Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo.
  • Echinococcosis: Between 2014 and 2016, more than 200 people in Germany have been diagnosed with echinococcosis, a tapeworm infection. This represents in an increase of around 30%. Those affected contracted the disease in Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Greece, Kosovo, Iraq, Macedonia, Morocco, Syria and Turkey.
  • Diphtheria: Between 2014 and 2016, more than 30 people in Germany have been diagnosed with diphtheria. Those affected contracted the disease in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Libya, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
  • Scabies: Between 2013 and 2016, the number of people diagnosed with scabies in North Rhine-Westphalia jumped by nearly 3,000%.

Meanwhile, Germany currently is in the throes of a measles outbreak that health authorities have linked to immigration from Romania. Around 700 people in Germany have been diagnosed with measles during the first six months of 2017, compared with 323 cases in all of 2016, according to the Robert Koch Institute. The measles outbreak has spread to all of Germany’s 16 federal states except one, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, a state with a very low migrant population.

The epicenter of the measles crisis is in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany’s most populous state and also the state with the highest number of migrants. Nearly 500 people have been diagnosed with measles in NRW during the first six months of 2017; most of the cases have been reported in Duisburg and Essen, where a 37-year-old mother of three children died from the disease in May. Outbreaks of measles have also been reported in Berlin, Cologne, Dresden, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich and Frankfurt, where a nine-month-old baby was diagnosed with the disease.

On June 1, 2017, the German Parliament approved a controversial new law that requires kindergartens to inform German authorities if parents fail to provide evidence that they have consulted a doctor about vaccinating their children. Parents who refuse to comply face a fine of €2,500 ($2,850). “We cannot be indifferent to the fact that people are still dying of measles,” said German Health Minister Hermann Gröhe. “That’s why we are tightening up regulations on vaccination.”

Some say the new law does not go far enough; they are calling for vaccinations to be made compulsory for everyone in Germany. Others say the law goes too far and infringes on privacy protections guaranteed by the German constitution; they add that parents, not the government, should decide what is best for their children. The fallout from Chancellor Merkel’s open-door migration policy continues.

9 thoughts on “Germany: Infectious Diseases Spreading as Migrants Settle In

  1. This is the height of irresponsibility for German through Angela Merkel, to haphazardly invite in so many so called ‘refugees’ carrying illness and diseases. Why is Europe and other Western powers solely responsible for these people who are fleeing war, chaos, drought and instability.

    A major U.S. publcation yesterday noted that drought conditions, lack of water and other resources in Africa are severely challenged by swelling African populations. Far too many people seeking a steadily decreasing supply of resources. It is if as the idea of contraception does not even occur to these people.

    But do these war torn and strife ridden areas do anything, their people rising up to bring stability to their countries? No, far easier for them to dream of a stable Europe, where health care, food, lodging, education and many other resources exist and are literally given out for free.

    What a horrific burden for Germany and other European nations now to have to face very serious illness and disease, imported and brought in by all of these migrants. If Europe does not do something serious about stemming this tide, reducing it to nothing, Europe will continue to bear a very heavy price in decades to come.

    imo, it is not the citizens of Germany who are native Germans who are to blame, as ‘immigration’ is far less popular now in Germany and throughout Europe since being inundated with ‘refugees’ over the past few years. It is the leaders of these nations who are to blame. In reading this article, I feel complete disgust for Merkel and her willing compatriots in the European Union.

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  2. Good we are all still here Richard, this came through to me a couple of weeks back. Merkel is going to be confronted with a Pandemic of one disease or another throughout Europe. How many of us will be wiped out, bound to his the very young and elderly. Elderly won’t survive and Germany will have an even bigger problem. Merkel should be importing Europeans or Christians to fill the many vacancies in Germany as should Sweden. These Moslims are virtually illiterate.

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    • Ericka, good to see you here and thanks to Admin for this excellent insightful article. It seems Islam and Muslims just create more problems where ever they go. This site and others have noted that in the mad rush to allow 1 million ‘migrants’ into Germany in one year, thousands were not fingerprinted, many giving the lame excuse they had no identification.

      I hope this does not transpire, a pandemic which would wipe out many. It seems Islam itself is a scourge on the planet. The ‘radicalized’ Muslims dream of a world wide caliphate, with Islam is forced on everyone … there will be some very serious blowback and likely civil wars in Europe in the years to come.

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  3. The racist DONALD TRUMP said to CNN “I believe HITLER was RIGHT”. zhz Donald Trump is a racist with SEWER and the DailyStormer, he listens to satanic 666 racist music… just google “Donald Trump SEWER 2154” and see FOR YOURSELF!! THE MUSIC ia VIDEO IS about the KKK and Adfolf Hitler raping a 12 year old African-American WOMAN OF COLOR in front of her parents and then hanging MLK with Emma Watson and Taylor Swift!! TAYLOR SWIFT the racist white privileged cvnt said she voted “for donald trump twice” in her OWN WORDS!!! Say no to hate, say no to SEWER, say no to p DONALD TRUMP and EMMA WATSON and Tatylor Swift !! Deport racism today gqi.

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    • @ Winston. Your rage issues are showing, you sound like a good candidate for a psychiatric appointment. During your stay in a mental hospital, you can brush on speaking proper English.

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    • Racist Trump is not had a girlfriend for two years before he meet his newest wife she was black ! Your just deflecting facts because this article has facts and common sence Whene your in the service and go over seas they give you vaccinations for the country your going too Winston reality sucks and being born lucky to live in a civil country is luck and not everyone wins Maybe we should allow them all in but fools like you give up your position to be lucky

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