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