Migrants Accused of Bringing Cholera to Greece
Migrants were accused of bringing Cholera to Kos Island in Greece after a Dutch tourist fell ill this week.
It is the first case of Cholera in 23 years in the country.
It is feared that the bacterial infection may have been brought in through the influx of migrants arriving on the Greek island, which has become a main entry point for those fleeing war-torn countries.
An official from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that a 79-year-old Dutch tourist with symptoms of cholera was transferred from Kos for tests and treatment in an Athens hospital.
The patient was suffering from bad diarrhoea and high fever, but the diagnosis has not yet been confirmed.
The centre said in a statement: “We are proceeding with more examinations to avoid the danger of a contagious disease.
“There are fears that a case may have been transmitted through the migratory wave.”
Cholera is extremely rare in Greece, with the last confirmed case reported in 1993, according to the World Health Organisation.
The disease, which is most common in the Middle East, Africa and south-east Asia, is spread mainly through contaminated water and food.