Society & Culture2 mins ago
Killer 'Eye-Bleeding' Virus Is Found In France
oh another deadly disease, no doubt will be imported to us via dinghy arrivals, if europe had any sense thye would stop all boats trying to make it to europe with illegals onboard.
Typical Daily Wail hysteria!
e.g. "CCHF infections in humans have already been reported multiple times in neighbouring Spain, with 12 cases between 2013 and August last year, four of which were fatal"
12 cases over 9 years? That's hardly an epidemic, is it?
There are far greater risks from tick-borne diseases already present in the UK, such as over 1000 cases of Lyme disease every year (which, if not treated early enough, can become a chronic, debilitating and disabling condition) as well as a small number of cases of TBE (tick-borne encephalitis), which can potentially be fatal.
I don't know if anyone heard the programme on Radio 4 about the looming ecological disaster in our midst (literally if you live in N Ireland) that is the poisoning of Lough Neagh. Unregulated and lightly punished tipping of sewage etc into the lough has led to a toxic blue algae slowly killing the lough's herring, eels etc and also midges. You might think the demise of the humble and annoying midge, which used to swarm above the water in clouds, is a good thing, but no one knows what life form might replace these harmless creatures: quite possible something akin to a zika-carrying mosquito. Then any issue with an eye bleeding virus will be put in perspective.
All the more reason for medical scientists to find the solution to all medical perils.
Of course disease travels with the creature it infects. That's just common sense.
Mass migration is a problem in itself and should not be ignored. While certain folk fail to act well to others and merely concentrate on self, and on accumulating, the world will continue to have such issues. We are all one, and should act accordingly.
Is there any evidence that illegal migrants are bringing disease into the country?
How long have you got?
There is ample evidence to show that the prevalance of communicable diseases among the populations of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa is comparitively very high. Obviously these diseases will be borne by a number of people who arrive here. You can find plenty of such evidence if you look but here's one example:
A few extracts:
"Pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) is among the greatest concerns, as the poor travel conditions together with a generally suboptimal health status of many individuals (especially the youngest and the elderly escaping from conflict areas) soon after arrival are important risk factors for the acquisition or re-activation of infection and the rapid progression to active disease."
"Mites (causing scabies) can easily spread among migrants during travel on overcrowded boats or soon after arrival, and should be identified promptly to avoid further diffusion. Though not representing a serious health threat in itself, cutaneous lesions resulting from scabies infestation may lead to bacterial superinfections and their complications."
"Outbreaks of meningococcal disease are also likely to occur in detention centres where the rate of asymptomatic carriers may be high, with adolescents and young adults being the most susceptible."
"An emblematic example of the epidemic risk in refugee populations is represented by the measles outbreak that occurred in a large refugee settlement in Calais in early 2016, where 13 confirmed cases (of whom nine were refugees and the others were volunteers operating in the camp) were identified among a total of over 3500 refugees, mostly young male adults."
The diseases of most concern (particularly TB and measles, but also others including HIV and diptheria) have been all but eradicated among the UK population, principally by vaccination and early detection and treatment. The vaccination rates among illegal immigrants and asylum seekers is very low, thus increasing the risk of infection.
The UK has to deal with these imported health problems and the NHS is struggling to deal with the medical requirements of those already here.
We are all one, and should act accordingly.
A noble sentiment, OG. Unfortunately those arriving here in small boats "to start a new life" don't quite see it that way. They see European countries as having been nicely developed over the past two or three centuries, providing conditions and facilities that they could only dream of in their country of origin. They want what they see as their share of those facilities whilst they and their ancestors have contributed nothing towards them. Rather than us being "all one", it's more a case of "what's yours is mine, but what's mine is of little interest to you."
Just because we are one, doesn't mean a nation need to take thousands in when doing so causes issues. The solution is to sort the problem in their country of origin. I approve of affordable targeted aid where appropriate, but not in the economic destruction, and reduction of life quality of/in the nations some demand to be allowed into.