There is an increased risk of infection for health care workers and domestic travelers to Italy due to the anti-immigrant riots, as well as the connection between the protests and an outbreak of the cholera virus that started in Riffiti, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This comes as the Roman Catholic church has called for intervention in the Rome-area region for the outbreak of the virus that has so far resulted in 126 cases and 18 deaths since January.
The disease is considered the second deadliest of the three types of cholera, after diphtheria.
Dr. Patricia Conway, the director of CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, said “many health care workers had to leave their homes to work and many of them are coming from West Africa, the western Africa region. There is an increased risk.”
Conway also added that there is a possibility that some of the patients were infected in the Riffiti region and the epidemic is spreading out.