Death from botulism in Kharkiv: police begins investigation

Source : 112 Ukraine

Preliminary, the reason for the disease is poorly made smoked fish
18:17, 16 August 2018

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The police have begun the investigation due to the death from botulism in Kharkiv as the press service of the Kharkiv police reported.

"The information is put in United registration of the pretrial investigation due to the violation of the sanitary rules and norms for the prevention of the infectious diseases and mass poisonings. The police assume all needed measures to establish the circumstances of this event and bring the guilty persons to the responsibility," the message said.

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Earlier the Chief Department of the State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Protection in Kharkiv region reported that a member of one family was hospitalized with suspicion for botulism.

"During the questioning, we established that the disease is connected with the consumption of the fish bream. The investigation was begun to establish the origin of this fish," the message said.

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Later it was reported that a man died in the hospital; his wife is in the intensive care.

Earlier we reported that since the beginning of the year, 53 people suffered from botulism in Ukraine and four of them have died.

Botulism is a severe food poisoning by products containing botulinum toxin.

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The pathogens of the disease multiply in an anaerobic state (without oxygen) in the wrong conditions of food storage or transportation. The best way to protect your health is to refrain from eating food which quality is unknown doubtful. The risk factors include consumption of dried, salted and canned fish, canned food or meat products if they have not undergone heating.

As we reported, Ukraine is to start purchasing specific serums at the national level. The decree as of April 6, which approved the list of necessary specific serums.

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