Typhoid cases are usually rare in Europe
Several people developed typhoid after participating in a so-called “rainbow gathering” in the Northern Italian Alps. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has announced this in a current communication. According to this, French authorities reported the cases of three infected participants to the ECDC on September 10, and another case from Germany became known two days later. Typhoid is usually very rare in Europe. If the disease remains untreated, it can take a life-threatening course.
Participants meet in remote areas in northern Italy
After a “rainbow gathering” in Tramonti di Sopra, Italy, several participants developed typhoid. The international meeting of supporters from various subcultures such as Ecos, peace and environmental activists, hippies, dropouts and esotericists as well as doctors, students, families with children etc. had taken place in the municipality of Friuli-Venezia Giulia (Province of Pordenone) from July 23 to August 21. As usual for Rainbow Gatherings, this year's “Rainbow Family” meeting also took place in an extremely secluded environment that could only be reached on foot over several hours.
Authorities suspect connection with other cases
After the meeting, the French authorities had reported to the ECDC on 10 September that three participants with typhoid fever, the information said. Two days later, the German authorities announced a victim. In addition, other cases are likely related to the meeting, the ECDC said.
Typhoid is caused by the Salmonella Typhi bacterium and is usually very rare in Europe. In many parts of the world, however, the infectious disease is endemic and, according to the ECDS, causes around 21 million illnesses and 222,000 deaths worldwide annually. The incubation period for typhoid fever is usually one to two weeks, but can last up to 60 days. Typical symptoms are high fever, fatigue, fatigue, headache and a low heart rate. In addition, there are often constipations at the beginning, later pea-like diarrhea occurs. The disease is notifiable in Germany. (No)