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Parliamentary questions
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25 September 2017
Question for written answer E-005936-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Stanisław Ożóg (ECR) , Zbigniew Kuźmiuk (ECR)

 Subject:  Increased epidemiological threat in Germany
 Answer in writing 

A report published by the Robert Koch Institute in July 2017 on infectious diseases in the last two years in Germany noted a rapid increase in dangerous infectious diseases and diseases not previously encountered (chickenpox, cholera, echinococcosis, tuberculosis, leprosy, relapsing fever, measles, rubella, dysentery, toxoplasmosis, trichinosis, tularemia, whooping cough, etc.).

Doctors have warned that with some diseases the symptoms may not appear until a number of years, sometimes more than 10 years, after infection, meaning that we will only know the true scale of infections in the future. Experts are in no doubt that this increase is connected with the influx of refugees.

This report is the first document demonstrating the effects on public health of the huge influx of refugees. The fact that this has nevertheless not been given widespread attention or debated seriously within the EU is a cause for concern.

1. Is the Commission monitoring the increasing incidence of serious infectious diseases in Germany?2. How will the Commission ensure that the German authorities more effectively prevent these diseases?3. In the Commission’s view, is the EU prepared to deal with a potential epidemiological crisis and to help those who would be affected, and if so, how is it prepared?

Original language of question: PL 
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