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Infectious Diseases on the Rise in Germany; Experts Link to Migrant Crisis

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The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is a German government agency and research institute which is responsible for disease control and prevention. Each year, they publish an annual report which provides a summary of infectious diseases in Germany. Their latest report, which was published last week, provides data on the status of over 50 infectious diseases in Germany for the period of 2016.

The report confirms an across-the-board increase in infectious diseases in Germany since 2015; the year that German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened up their borders to over a million migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle-East.

The report shows increased incidences of a multitude of infectious diseases including, but not limited to: HIV/AIDS, leprosy, malaria, measles, Meningococcal meningitis, syphilis, tuberculosis, typhus and whooping cough. It is noted, however, that most of the more tropical diseases which were brought into the country from Africa have been contained and there have been no mass outbreaks among the general population.

Of course, instances of infectious diseases may occur amongst the native population of Germany as well, but the RKI’s report makes clear correlations between ethnicity and health. If we look at Hepatitis B as an example (where the number of reported incidences has increased from 755 cases in 2014, to 3006 cases in 2016), most of the reported cases involve unvaccinated migrants from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. HIV and AIDS is another clear example, where 40% of reported cases since 2015 are linked to unvaccinated migrants.


Unknown and “Eradicated” Diseases Materialising

Many of the diseases that have materialised in Germany since 2015 were previously unheard of in the country. Louse-borne relapsing fever (LBRF), for example, is a disease that had previously never been seen by German doctors. The disease is carried through clothing lice and was found to be carried by a number of migrants from East Africa who had been travelling for a number of months whilst wearing the same clothes. Since 2015, 48 people have been diagnosed with LBRF in Germany.

A number of doctors and healthcare experts have reported that diseases that were previously thought to be eradicated in Germany have also made a return. A few months after Merkel’s historic decision to open up Germany’s borders in September 2015, Director of International Relations for the German Hospital Federation, Marc Schreiner, reported that:

“More and more patients in the clinics are arriving with diseases that have previously been eradicated in Germany. Scabies, for example. These diseases have to be reliably diagnosed, and that is a challenge. Prospectively, the increase in immigration should be an occasion to examine very carefully whether our capacities are sufficient.”



Downplaying the Threat

Numerous doctors have accused the RKI of downplaying the threat of infectious diseases in Germany in order to avoid negative attitudes towards Europe’s migrant crisis.

One of these is Dr Carsten Boos, an orthopaedic surgeon who, when discussing Germany’s influx of unvaccinated migrants, suggested:

“If asylum seekers come from so-called high-risk countries for tuberculosis infections, the RKI, as the highest German body for infection protection, should not risk the danger.

The media reports that the federal police registered around 1.1 million refugees in 2015. Around 700,000 to 800,000 applications for asylum were filed. 300,000 refugees have disappeared. Have they been investigated? Do they come from the high-risk countries?”


Vaccination Dilemmas

President of the RKI, Lothar Wieler, warned in January that Germany is amongst the worst countries in Europe for providing vaccinations for their children. In response, a new law was approved in Germany last month which plans to fine parents up to 2500 euros if they fail to consult a doctor regarding the vaccination of their child.

This law seems to have divided the country, however, with some people suggesting that it’s not enough, and that the law should be extended to everyone, and others suggesting that it is a threat to privacy and that decisions such as this should be made by the parent alone.



Just like terrorism, sexual violence and migrant IQs, it seems that the connection between immigration and disease is yet another topic that resides within the politically correct ‘code of conduct’ that we’re not supposed to discuss. No doubt the “liberals” of the West will try to hush the above report or attempt to blame the result on something else. The evidence is there though. The German Government have highlighted a perfectly clear link between immigrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle-East and new and returning diseases.

Closing our borders and repatriation seem obvious answers to combat the above; just as they seem obvious answers to a lot of the additional issues that we’re currently facing in Europe. Do we trust our governments to do this, and if not, what other suggestions could we consider in the meantime?


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