A Cork adviser said a Ukrainian family admitted to Cork University Hospital (CUH) after an unexplained virus outbreak at a refugee center over the weekend has been discharged.
Just before 6am, the county health service was told that up to 30 Ukrainian refugees who had recently arrived at the center in Banteer were unwell.
People complained of being unwell on Saturday, and several said their symptoms had worsened overnight.
Her symptoms ranged from headaches, nausea, dizziness and fever to coughing.
A group of 47 Ukrainian refugees had arrived at the emergency center in Banteer, north Cork, in the past 36 hours.
As a precaution, both local GPs and paramedics visited the facility yesterday.
dr CUH emergency medicine consultant Jason Van Der Velde confirmed that three family members, including two children, were brought to CUH for treatment.
Speaking of RTÉ Tomorrow Irelandsaid dr Thankful to Van Der Velde, “everything is fine now,” and the family have been discharged and taken back to the Banteer center where they are being cared for by local GPs and a public health team.
dr Van Der Velde said it was “inevitable” for these outbreaks to “occur” as large numbers of “vulnerable people” are forced from their homes.
“This was a group of 46 people who did not have access to healthcare and we had to be very careful. These people didn’t have basic medical support, so we had to examine and treat every single person just to make sure we weren’t dealing with anything weird or unusual,” he said.
“What was quite heartwarming was that it was just the basics, just quality analgesics, quality anti-nausea medication and rehydration medication [and] We were able to get the problem under control on site.
“We had some kids who were very upset and it was very heartwarming to go from being very listless, some of them not even waking up, to running around and playing with toys that were donated by the good people at Banteer. “
dr Van Der Velde said it was neither appropriate nor “polite” to comment “what the outbreak was” but it was important to provide a “robust answer” in the circumstances.
“Public health is in control of this,” he added.
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