Emerging outbreaks associated with conflict and failing healthcare systems in the Middle East

Issam I. Raad, Anne Marie Chaftari, Rita Wilson Dib, Edward A. Graviss, Ray Hachem

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Abstract

The escalating conflicts in the Middle East have been associated with the rapid collapse of the existing healthcare systems in affected countries. As millions of refugees flee their countries, they become vulnerable and exposed to communicable diseases that easily grow into epidemic crises. Here, we describe infectious disease epidemics that have been associated with conflicts in the Middle East, including cholera, poliomyelitis, measles, cutaneous leishmaniasis, and diphtheria, that call for appropriate preventive measures. Local ongoing wars and failing healthcare systems have resulted in regional and global health threats that warrant international medical interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1230-1236
Number of pages7
JournalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Volume39
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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