Migrants bring untreatable form of tuberculosis to Europe

2004 Gabrielle Benenson This technician is in the process of correctly placing a Mantoux tuberculin skin test in this recipient’s forearm, which will cause a 6mm to10mm wheal, i.e., a raised area of skin surface, to form at the injection site.

The Mantoux tuberculin skin test is used to evaluate people for latent tuberculosis (TB) infection. In the United States, this skin test consists of an intradermal injection of exactly one tenth of a milliliter (mL) of tuberculin, which contains 5 tuberculin units. Correct placement of this intradermal injection involves inserting the needle bevel slowly at a 5° to 15° angle. The needle bevel is advanced through the epidermis, the superficial layer of skin, approximately 3mm so that the entire bevel is covered and lies just under the skin. A tense, pale wheal that is 6 to 10mm in diameter appears over the needle bevel.

According to a new report from The Voice of Europe, African Migrants brought an untreatable form of  tuberculosis to Europe.

VOE:

Experts of the University of Zurich, in Switzerland, discovered a “multidrug-resistant” form of tuberculosis in eight refugees who came from the Horn of Africa.

In a new official report the Swiss laboratory mentions several cases from 2016. The head of diagnostics Peter Keller says:

“These bacteria exhibited a new combination of resistance mutations against four different antibiotics that had never before been seen.”

The report says a laboratory in Germany also registered a case “with the same pathogen”. After checking data of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), a total of 21 cases were identified. All cases were related to patients had also come from either the Horn of Africa or Sudan.

The pathogen was prevented from spreading further, after the authorities took several preventive measures. Head of diagnostics Keller says about it:

“The extraordinary case led to the development of a European alerting organization for dangerous tuberculosis pathogens”.

According to the report data indicates that the infection spread among migrants in a refugee camp near Bani Walid in Libya. It is not clear how many patients with the pathogen were identified in 2017.

This is a very undercovered part of the migrant crisis. While we cover the fact they don’t assimlate we never cover the fact they bring diseases. Luckily in this case we saw that the Doctors were able to stop the spread of the disease. They admit however they have no clue how to treat it.

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