Newly arrived refugees struck by illness at Cork accommodation centre

Medical assistance called in after due to what is said to have been vomiting bug

Cork County Council has confirmed that a small number of Ukrainian refugees were treated by medical staff after they complained of feeling unwell following their arrival at an emergency accommodation centre in North Cork on Saturday night.

Some 46 Ukrainian refugees arrived at the emergency rest centre in Banteer near Kanturk on Saturday night and a small number reported feeling unwell.

Assistance was called for immediately and medical personnel attended to the unwell overnight at the centre.

According to Cork County Council in a statement issued on Sunday afternoon, the HSE’s Public Health Unit has been mobilised and the centre currently has restricted access while the matter is being addressed.

Local sources in North Cork have told The Irish Times that it’s believed that those refugees who reported feeling unwell were suffering from gastroenteritis or a vomiting bug which it is believed that they had when they arrived in Banteer after they came from Dublin.