Cold comfort this Winter for Refugee crisis

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Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University and a practicing emergency physician, Chris Tedeschi examines the added medical challenges a harsh winter will bring to already vulnerable refugee populations across Europe and the Middle East.  Across Europe and the Middle East, thousands of refugees have begun to brace for a cold winter far from home. Thousands more will continue their journeys in the coming months, despite falling temperatures and dangerous migration routes. The medical challenges posed by this at-risk population are complicated by a harsh environment, the prospect of smoldering outbreaks, and the need for care for acute and chronic disease. More than 875,000 asylum seekers have arrived by sea in Italy and Greece in 2015 alone. While their medical needs are as diverse as their pre-departure experiences, some common strategies may be helpful in delivering consistent care to this medically vulnerable group.

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Cold comfort this Winter for Refugee crisis