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The outbreak of acute intestinal infection in the Stavropol territory has been stabilised
The outbreak of acute intestinal infection in the Stavropol territory has been stabilised, Russian chief sanitary doctor Gennady Onishchenko said at a press conference in Kislovodsk on Monday. According to him, the total number of the infected in the Lermontov and Kislovodsk cities is 503 people and all cases in other area of the region are “the seasonal rise of the background disease incidence.” “The peak of the outbreak was registered on October 4 when about 120 people in each of the cities were diseased, a small rise is expected today and on Tuesday linked with the psychological perception of the disease by people, and we will be able to announce the final liquidation of the outbreak only seven days after the last patient is discharged from hospital,” Onishchenko said. The chief sanitary doctor confirmed that according to the epidemic investigation data and preliminary laboratory analyses, the infection source was products of the Vita dairy enterprise of Zheleznovodsk. “Nine samples of the confiscated product have proven positive for dysentery, there are circulators of the infection at the enterprise that are directly involved in the technological process, so the work of the enterprise has been suspended and the court will soon make a decision on its closure,” Onishchenko noted. In the view of the Russian chief sanitary doctor, “So far it is necessary to return to time-tested methods of our grandfathers.” “It will be prohibited throughout the Stavropol territory to include in the menu dairy products that have not undergone thermal treatment,” he said. According to the official, special brigades have been formed in Kislovodsk and Lermontov that will examine all workers of trade and public catering in order to expose hidden infection circulators. Besides, chlorination of water will be intensified in city water supply pipelines, because there are drinking fountains in all local children’s institutions. A number of other urgent measures will also be taken. Onishchenko believes that it is necessary to revive the national dairy products industry at a high technology level, in particular, “it is necessary to get rid of man’s presence in the processing chain.” “I intend to meet the leadership of the Russian Dairy Union and to settle with them issues of the industry’s strategic development,” the chief sanitary doctor said. Onishchenko also noted that all the diseased are now getting adequate medical aid. Different versions are being considered in the investigation of the incident and taken into account. “I’ve heard all the versions and we are scrutinising all of them,” the Russian chief sanitary doctor said. The head of the Federal Medical and Biological Agency Valentin Uiba told a news conference in Lermontov on Sunday there will be no complications or negative aftermath from the intestinal infection, an outbreak of which was registered in the southern Stavropol region, for people contracting it. The medic said lab tests had confirmed dysentery. “This disease, as a rule, leaves no aftermath in the organism,” Uiba stressed. The inspection flare-up was registered in Lermontov on October 3. A seat of disease appeared in Kislovodsk slightly later. This is the fourth flare-up of the mass infection in the territory since last June. The three previous were connected with the consumption of milk products by children at kindergartens. It is believed that dairy products from the Vita dairy plant were the source of the disease. “People falling ill consumed its products,” Uiba said. The work of that enterprise was suspended, and quarantine measures are being taken there, he added. He stressed that products earlier put up for sale by the plant are withdrawn. Uiba called the outbreak an epidemic and said schools and kindergartens hit by it would be closed at least till October 11, when the main incubation period of the infection ends. Medics hope the process will stabilise, but say the number of patients among adults can increase on Monday. “After the weekend people once again assess their state of health and make a final decision whether to go to the doctor or not,” they say. According to fresh reports by the regional office of the Rospotrebnadzor consumer rights watchdog, 624 people, including 572 children younger than 14, contracted the infection as of Sunday evening. A total of 396 people, including 356 children, have been taken to hospital. This is the fourth outbreak of intestinal infection on the Stavropol territory since July. The total number of sufferers exceeds 1,100. In the opinion of medics, the incubation period of infection is already nearing completion, and they hope for stabilizing the situation. “The main thing is to bar the second wave which is possible if partially cured infection carriers get into schools and kindergartens,” specialists said. Meanwhile, 23 children affected by acute intestinal infection have been discharged from hospital in southern Russia. All discharged patients are doing well, but the infection incubation period has not finished, and outpatient care and observation at home will continue,” the deputy chief physician of the Kislovodsk central hospital, Lyudmila Kobzar told Itar-Tass on Monday. Medics say the incubation period was bound to end by the middle of this week, but new cases are possible. About 150 children have been hospitalised with intestinal infection in Kislovodsk. Uiba told reporters that they had been diagnosed with dysentery caused by “Sonne shigella.” Onishchenko arrived at North Caucasus spa resorts on Sunday. He held a conference with local administrators, medics and specialists of Rospotrebnadzor oversight service. “He examined the hospital patients until late night and was satisfied with care given to them,” a spokesperson at the Kislovodsk hospital said.
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