Unusual microorganisms and antimicrobial resistances in a group of Syrian migrants: Sentinel surveillance data from an asylum seekers centre in Italy

Silvia Angeletti, Giancarlo Ceccarelli, Serena Vita, Giordano Dicuonzo, Maurizio Lopalco, Etleva Dedej, Aletheia Blasi, Francesca Antonelli, Alessia Conti, Marina De Cesaris, Francesca Farchi, Alessandra Lo Presti, Massimo Ciccozzi, Maria Rosaria Cuomo, Virginia Di Bari, Gabriele Gangarossa, Charles Keh Buma Dinga, Laura Tariciotti, Mihela Balint, Irene Conti PapuzzaElza Dimitrova, Martina Di Santo, Maria Leonardi, Ida Walter

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Summary Background Three years of civil war in Syria have caused death and increase of communicable diseases. The suffering population has been forced to migrate creating a fertile condition for epidemic spread of infection within the refugee camps. Methods Forty-eight Syrian migrants, upon their arrival in Italy, were accommodated at the asylum seekers centre of Castelnuovo di Porto. They received a physical examination and were subjected to microbiological surveillance by blood, rectal, pharyngeal and nasal swabs collection and delivering to the Clinical Pathology and Microbiology Laboratory of the University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome. Results All refugees resulted negative for HBV, HCV and HIV infections. In swabs a large number of unusual gram-negative bacteria species were isolated, such as Pseudomonas putida, Pseudomonas monteilii, Pseudomonas fulva, Pseudomonas moselii, Aeromonas veronii, Aeromonas caviae, Aeromonas hydrophila, Acinteobacter guilloviae, Acinteobacter lowffii; Acinetobacter johnsonii; Acinteobacter tjernbergae; Pantoea agglomerans; Pantoea calida. Among isolates, strains resistant to carbapenems, ESBL producers and methicillin resistant were found. Conclusions The microbiological surveillance performed represents a useful action to understand refugees health status and to trace unusual microorganisms movement even carriers of antimicrobial resistance during migrants traveling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-122
Number of pages8
JournalTravel Medicine and Infectious Disease
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2016



  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Microbiological surveillance
  • Syrian migrants
  • Unusual microorganisms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Angeletti, S., Ceccarelli, G., Vita, S., Dicuonzo, G., Lopalco, M., Dedej, E., Blasi, A., Antonelli, F., Conti, A., De Cesaris, M., Farchi, F., Lo Presti, A., Ciccozzi, M., Cuomo, M. R., Di Bari, V., Gangarossa, G., Buma Dinga, C. K., Tariciotti, L., Balint, M., ... Walter, I. (2016). Unusual microorganisms and antimicrobial resistances in a group of Syrian migrants: Sentinel surveillance data from an asylum seekers centre in Italy. Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease, 14(2), 115-122. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tmaid.2016.03.005