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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2018 Oct;39(10):1230-1236. doi: 10.1017/ice.2018.177. Epub 2018 Aug 13.

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

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1Department of Infectious Diseases,Infection Control and Employee Health,The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center,Houston,Texas.
2Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine,Houston Methodist Research Institute,Houston,Texas.


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.

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