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Diseases of Refugees

Third World Diseases Putting All of Us At Risk

GMS Hyg Infect Control. 2016; 11: Doc16.
Published online 2016 Aug 9. doi:  10.3205/dgkh000276

Multidrug-resistant organisms in refugees:  prevalences and impact on infection control in hospitals


Introduction: The refugee crisis is a great challenge to the social and healthcare system in European countries, especially in Germany. An abundance of data has been published on the refugees’ health problems (infections as well as physical diseases and psychiatric problems) and their prevention (i.e., sanitary and vaccination programs). However, data on prevalences of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO) in refugees are scarce, although it is known that most refugees are from or travelled through countries with high prevalences of MDRO. This paper presents current data on MDRO colonization of refugees admitted to hospitals, and the impact of screening upon admission and infection control in hospitals is discussed.

“Aleppo Boil”

What is Aleppo Boil?  It’s leishmaniasis or flesh-eating disease caused by a bacteria.  It’s known as a tropical disease.

Major risk factors.  World Health Organization.

Socioeconomic conditions – can you unsanitary conditions?

Poverty increases the risk for leishmaniasis. Poor housing and domestic sanitary conditions (such as a lack of waste management or open sewerage) may increase sandfly breeding and resting sites, as well as their access to humans. Sandflies are attracted to crowded housing as these provide a good source of blood-meals. Human behaviour, such as sleeping outside or on the ground, may increase risk. The use of insecticide-treated bednets reduces risk.

Risk Factors.  

Population Mobility, e.g., Migration

“Epidemics of both cutaneous and visceral leishmaniasis are often associated with migration and the movement of non-immune people into areas with existing transmission cycles. Occupational exposure as well as widespread deforestation remain important factors.  For example, people settling in areas that used to be forests may be moving near sandflies’ habitat. This can lead to a rapid increase in cases.”

The Mediterranean Basin

In the Mediterranean basin, visceral leishmaniasis is the main form of the disease. It occurs in rural areas, villages in mountainous regions, and also some periurban areas where Leishmania parasites live mainly on dogs.

The Americas

Visceral leishmaniasis in the Americas is very similar to that found in the Mediterranean basin.  The habit of keeping dogs and other domestic animals inside the house is thought to promote human infection. The epidemiology of cutaneous leishmaniasis in the Americas is very complex, with variations in transmission cycles, reservoir hosts, sandfly vectors, clinical manifestations and response to therapy, and multiple circulating Leishmania species in the same geographical area.

  • Farm animals are likely a vector.  We saw story about refugees keeping goats in the homes in the U.S. – ed.

Ongoing Epidemic in Lebanon among Syrian refugees:  Flesh-eating bacteria.


Syrian Refugees Spreading Flesh-Eating Disease, Polio, Measles, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis.  Breitbart.  May 2016.

More on Breitbart:

Six diseases that were recently near eradication are making a comeback in the United States, as the taxpayer funded refugee resettlement industry launches a propaganda blitz about the so-called World Refugee Day this Monday.

The returning diseases are:  1. Tuberculosis 2. Measles 3. Whooping Cough 4.  Mumps  5. Scarlet Fever 6. Bubonic Plague

WND Sep. 7, 2016

Leprosy in U.S.:  Not just a 3rd World problem anymore

‘Directly attributable to illegal aliens and now specifically illegal-alien children.’

WND May 22, 2005

Are Illegals Making Us A Leper Colony?

“Americans should be told that diseases long eradicated in this country – tuberculosis, leprosy, polio, for example – and other extremely contagious diseases have been linked directly to illegals,” Rep. J.D. Hayworth, R-Ariz., told the Business Journal of Phoenix.

“This emerging crisis exposes the upside-down thinking of federal immigration policy,” he continued. “While legal immigrants must undergo health screening prior to entering the U.S., illegal immigrants far more likely to be carrying contagious diseases are crawling under that safeguard and going undetected until they infect extraordinary numbers of American residents.”

The number of cases of leprosy, now known as Hansen’s disease, among immigrants to the U.S. has more than doubled since 2000, according to a news report from Columbia University.

HIV/AIDS Infection

Breitbart:  In 2009, . . . President Obama ordered refugees are no longer routinely tested for HIV prior to arrival in the United States.  After their arrival in the U.S., the screening for HIV/AIDS is voluntary.

None of the estimated 400,000 refugees who have entered the United States since 2010 were screened for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in their overseas medical screenings, thanks to a change in federal regulations made by the Obama administration that year.

Even though all refugees are encouraged to participate in an initial domestic medical screening that does include HIV testing within 90 days of entering the country, no one knows how many HIV positive refugees have arrived in the United States in the subsequent six and a half years, since participation in these screenings is voluntary and a significant percentage of refugees simply choose not to be screened.

The HIV/AIDS screening Guidelines at the CDC.


The U.S. government refugee intake vetting procedure DOES NOT REJECT REFUGEES INFECTED with TB!


Source:  White House Vetting Procedure Infographic

Hard To Treat Diseases You Have Never Heard Of

Front Page Magazine:

Southern Texas Border Patrol agent Chris Cabrera: “We are starting to see scabies, chicken pox, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections, and different viruses.”

Syrian refugees have brought leishmaniasis, a terrifying parasitic flesh-eating disease prevalent in Syria, to Turkey and Lebanon. In the 18th century a British physician called the illness the “Aleppo boil and Aleppo evil.”   U.S. immigration screenings would likely miss the difficult-to-treat disease which spreads to humans through sandflies because its victims can be asymptomatic for a long time.

Flesh-Eating Disease or Aleppo Boil

Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  Leishmaniasis among Syrian refugees.

Breitbart News.  Syrian refugees bringing flesh-eating disease into U.S.?

Fellowship of The Minds blog.  Syrian refugees are a health hazard.






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