Sweden: Rise in Rare, Potentially Fatal, Parasite Linked to 2015 Migrant Crisis…(RIP Sweden…)

Saturday, May 4, 2019
By Paul Martin

4 May 2019

Sweden is seeing an increase in the number of cases of Leishmaniasis, a rare parasite that can be fatal in certain serious cases, with researchers claiming a link between the rise of the disease and mass migration.

A study by the University of Lund examined the rise in cases with Sara Karlsson Söbirk, a doctor who specialises in infectious diseases, saying, “It’s still a very rare disease here, but the number of cases has more than doubled in the last ten years,” in a press release from the university on the study.

According to Söbirk, the number of cases of the parasite peaked in 2016, with 35 cases, with the physician noting it was “probably a direct consequence of the large refugee wave the year before, when most people who were sick were from Syria and Afghanistan.”

“It is likely that we will receive more cases in Sweden in the future and then it would be good if the health care system knows which patient groups they should be especially aware of,” she added.

The parasite, which can live for years within an individual without showing any signs of illness, is largely found in areas outside of Northern Europe with there being around 400,000 cases recorded worldwide every year, according to Söbirk, who said that so far researchers had “found only five cases in Sweden of the most serious form of the disease during the 23 years we looked at.”

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