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Report: Immigrants could pose ‘epidemic risk’ for Hungary

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Although there is no threat of an epidemic in Hungary, immigrants arriving to the country could put the country at risk of an epidemic given that their health conditions and history are unknown, Hungarian online daily origo.hu reported today, citing Chief Medical Officer Dr. Judit Paller of the National Public Health and Medical Officer Service (ÁTSZ).

The Hungarian population is protected by a high level of vaccinations, Paller said in an interview with Hungarian state-owned all news channel M1, origo.hu noted. The chief medical officer said that immigrants are mainly infected with syphilis, Hepatitis B and C and HIV, however, these spread through sexual intercourse or through blood, so contact is needed.

The professional emphasized that volunteers helping immigrants are not in danger either if they use appropriate protection and disinfect regularly.

She added that only a fraction of immigrants turn up at medical examinations and once the results arrive, many of them never return for medication, so she advises that immigrants be “kept in a place during the examination" and not be allowed to leave.

Origo noted that ruling Fidesz lawmaker Imre Pesti said today that a law should make it mandatory for immigrants to appear at medical examinations and receive vaccinations. According to the politician, who is also a doctor, 2% of immigrants arriving in Hungary could potentially be infected with “some kind of illnesses”.

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