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Mykolaiv faces hepatitis outbreak – 37 people hospitalized

Source : 112 Ukraine

The reason for the outbreak is water from water reduction points
08:01, 4 January 2018

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37 cases of hepatitis A are registered in Mykolaiv, Southern Ukraine, during the last few days, according to the local online outlet Svidok Info.

Oleksandr Ignatenko, the Director if the Chief Department of the Mykolaiv region laboratory center, announced that the reason for the outbreak is water from water reduction points, according to the number of conclusions. Four focuses of disease were spotted.

“After an additional interview with the patients, we turned our attention to the water at the water reduction points. When putting the focuses of disease onto the map we saw that they are in the area of the Sukhoi Fountain, the Central Market, Leski, and Namyv,” Oleksandr Ignatenko said.

The State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection started checking seven spots where the infected citizens bought the water. The water samples have already been taken for the tests.

Due to the hepatitis outbreak, the hospital hygiene and infection control is enhanced in the schools of Mykolaiv, children in the kindergartens get boiled water only. Local authorities have also established a working committee on preventing the spread of the disease and to suspend the activity of the water reduction points until the test results are ready.

Related: Cholera in Mykolaiv city: How dangerous is it?

Yevhen Shevchenko, the advisor to the head of the Mykolaiv regional state administration, said that hepatitis outbreak is a “seasonal outbreak”.

“I have to state that now we deal with the seasonal outbreak of virus hepatitis A. 58 people fell ill back in 2016, 35 of them were children and 43 in 2017, 12 of them are children,” Shevchenko said.

Related: Mykolaiv from bird’s eye view
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