An outbreak of severe gastrointestinal illness in a group of 46 Ukrainian refugees just hours after they arrived at an Irish reception center has been brought under control.
Nearly 30 Ukrainians have been treated for the mysterious illness at a refugee center in Cork.
An adult and two children were taken to Cork University Hospital (CUH) as a precaution.
All three have since been discharged and the disease was diagnosed by a group of North Cork GPs working with paramedics, a public health team from the Health Service Executive (HSE) and CUH emergency adviser Dr. Jason van der Velde working together, brought under control.
Health authorities declined to confirm whether the disease was a severe form of winter vomiting.
However, they stressed that those treated are now recovering well as there is extensive support to help the refugees at the Banteer reception centre.
A large number of Ukrainians – including several children – complained of malaise shortly after arriving at the Banteer complex last Saturday.
They all arrived in Ireland having traveled from there Ukraine and neighboring countries.
Many were exhausted from their long journey as they fled their homeland from the Russian invasion.
Several children were reported to be vomiting and apathetic.
dr van der Velde said the group is clearly at risk and that every effort is being made to assess the nature of their illness and provide them with medical help and support.
“We had to be very careful and try to understand what was involved in the outbreak,” he said.
“They were very vulnerable.
“Every person on site was treated just to make sure we weren’t dealing with anything sinister or extraordinary that we hadn’t experienced in Ireland.
“It was heartwarming to find that just the basics – high-quality pain relievers, high-quality anti-nausea medicines and rehydration medicines – helped us stay on top of things.”
Within hours of treatment, both adults and children recovered well.
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