A failed asylum seeker from Yemen who was given sanctuary at a church in northern Germany to prevent him from being deported has potentially infected more than 50 German children with a highly contagious strain of tuberculosis.
The man, who was sheltered at a church in Bünsdorf between January and May 2017, was in frequent contact with the children, some as young as three, who were attending a day care center at the facility. He was admitted to a hospital in Rendsburg in June and subsequently diagnosed with tuberculosis — a disease which only recently has reentered the German consciousness.
Local health authorities say that in addition to the children, parents and teachers as well as parishioners are also being tested for the disease, which can develop months or even years after exposure. It remains unclear if the man received the required medical exams when he first arrived in Germany, or if he is one of the hundreds of thousands of migrants who have slipped through the cracks.
A female doctor has been arrested in Ireland after her autistic toddler was found knifed to death in their apartment.
Maha Al Adheem, a doctor in her early 40s, was also found with knife injuries at her home in Dublin and taken to hospital for life-saving surgery.
Her three-year-old son, Omar, had suffered stab wounds to the abdomen, legs and chest and died before medics arrived at the flat.