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  • Austria, Polio suspected in a refugee camp in Traiskirchen (der Standard, November 26 2013, edited): Tested negative

    [Source: der Standard, full page in German: (LINK). Automatic translation.]

    Austria, Polio suspected in a refugee camp in Traiskirchen

    Julia Herrnb?ck / 26 November 2013, 18:27

    Four asylum in Traiskirchen were tested in a high speed positively to enteroviruses. Many employees were informed only days later

    Vienna - polio, an infectious disease caused by enteroviruses, stepped in Austria for the last time in 1980. Since 2002, polio in Europe is considered to be eradicated, about 95 percent of school children in Austria are vaccinated against the incurable disease.

    Not so in developing countries and countries in crisis: With the outbreak of civil war in Syria about two years before the vaccination schedule of the World Health Organization (WHO) came to a halt, the polio virus could spread again. The WHO confirmed in just the past three weeks, 13 new cases of polio and warned that refugees may be infected from Syria and neighboring countries and bring in polio virus to Europe.

    Now several staff members of the first reception Traiskirchen rise in the standard serious allegations against the Ministry of the Interior (BMI) and the Swiss care ORS. Three weeks ago, a Syrian family had been taken with two children who have symptoms of polio. But only ten days later, all employees were informed, vaccination was offered at all until last Thursday.

    Four people tested positive

    An Interior Ministry spokesman confirmed that now already four people in Trai churches, including an adult woman and a teenage girl, were tested in a high speed positive for enteroviruses - the second case, eleven days ago.

    The were "suspected cases", the final medical confirmation of polio was still pending. They had not "actively communicated broadly" because there was no cause for concern, the spokesman said the allegation that not all staff were informed. "All who needed the information they have received."

    This is contradicted by an employee from Traiskirchen, who wishes to remain anonymous. He had, like many others, from the beginning contact with the affected family, which was indeed housed in its own building, but does not live in isolation. Only after a week he had casually heard of the polio suspicion.

    Those who wanted to protect themselves from the vaccination appointment last Thursday, had to pay for it out of pocket, an employee of ORS was told that vaccinations are the responsibility of the employee. Both contradicts the EU Directive 2000/54/EC, according to the persons occupationally have a risk of infection of a vaccine-preventable disease, vaccination must be offered free of charge. The opinion of ORS, which is mandated by the Ministry of Interior with the care of refugees in Traiskirchen since the beginning of 2012 was to cut-off date pending. As well as the information about the number of employees in Austria.

    In the press office of the Ministry of Health (BMG) is reacted surprised to the polio suspicion and even more that apparently not all employees were promptly informed and protected. Since the 19th October is officially known in Austria that polio was detected in Syria. "On the same day the information we went to the Interior Ministry," said the spokeswoman for the BMG. On 28 October had been called to set up a contingency plan to meet with interior and defense ministries.

    Tests only for Syrians

    Since then, stool samples are taken from Syrian refugees. If this strike on enteroviruses, cultures are created. It takes about 14 days. If the result is positive fall on the polio line is another sample of the WHO, which officially can detect a disease. In Austria only is immunized with inactivated vaccine, a booster is intended for adults every ten years.

    In addition to the suspicion of polio, there are confirmed cases of tuberculosis in asylum seekers in Traiskirchen - even upward, shall all staff have been informed. (Julia Herrnb?ck / THE STANDARD, 27/11/2013)


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    Re: Austria, Polio suspected in a refugee camp in Traiskirchen (der Standard, November 26 2013, edited) - Tested negative

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    Polio suspected: all four samples negative in refugee camp Traiskirchen

    2 December 2013

    The samples of four asylum seekers from the refugee camp Traiskirchen are negative, it is therefore no polio infection (poliomyelitis) ago. The say the information available to the STANDARD. A Syrian family with two children and another asylum seeker who live in the Lower Austrian camp, had been tested in a first rapid tests positive for enteroviruses, including polio virus belongs.

    About a week ago several staff members of the first reception raised in STANDARD serious allegations that only ten days after emergence of polio suspected cases, all employees were informed, vaccination was offered later. Since the end of October to be taken by all Syrian refugees stool samples and tested for enteroviruses. (Red,, 2.12.2013)
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