The deplorable health conditions in the camps of migrants raise the concerns of theexperts gathered at a conference on infectious diseases.
The refugee crisis raised fears the resurgence of diseases
Should new migrants arrived in Europe undergo screening tests? The question is atthe heart of the reflections of a Committee of experts. Specialists, meeting this weekend in Amsterdam (Netherlands) at the annual conference of infectious diseases, fear that disappeared disease can resurface with the massive influx of migrants.
Scabies, measles, cholera, tuberculosis or typhoid could occur due to the sanitary conditions of the makeshift camps where refugees gather. The difficult access to care,lack of drinking water, medicine and food contribute to the risk of infection amongthe refugee community. A tired population weakened by journeys and often outcome of countries where these diseases are still prevalent.
The vulnerability of refugees coupled with the low equipment centres will becomemore and more problematic, ensure the specialists. Ultimately, if nothing is done, the emergence of infectious diseases could affect Europeans. A significant threat at the time where the confidence in vaccines increases and strengthens the resistance ofbacteria to antibiotics.
Screening and vaccination
To prevent the risk of infection, experts argue for a policy between European Governments. Screening for certain diseases on the newcomers as well as the access to treatment and vaccination are serious clues to consider.
More than a million migrants arrived in Europe in 2015. Since the beginning of the year, the number of new refugees is estimated 180,000.