Medics say of stabilizing intestine infection in Stavropol Territory

Other News Materials 7 October 2007 15:13

( Itar-Tass ) - The flare-up of an intestine infection in the Stavropol Territory has been put under control, Itar-Tass learnt at the Kislovodsk Central Hospital. Medics at the hospital noted that "the number of patients increased insignificantly here, but there is no mass complaints, as was the case on Saturday."

"Only 37 cases were registered over the past 24 hours. Out of the total, only 10 needed hospitalisation," said deputy head doctor, responsible for epidemics, Lyudmila Kobzar.

According to the deputy head doctor, new patients appear mostly when medical teams inspect houses and districts. All in all, 259 cases of diseases were registered in Kislovodsk since the start of the flare-up. Incidentally, the above figure includes 251 children under 14. A total of 147 people were hospitalised, Kobzar noted.

According to information from the territorial branch of Rospotrebnadzor (Federal Service for Supervision of Consumers Protection and Public Welfare), the total number of patients in the district of Kavkazskie Mineralnye Vody approaches 550.

According to data of deputy head of the branch Irina Kovalchuk, the total number of the hospitalised reached 355, including 326 children. The highest levels of disease incidence persist in the cities of Kislovodsk and Lermontov. "Some cases were registered in Pyatigorsk, Yessentuki, Zheleznovodsk and the village of Vinsady, Predgorny district," Kovalchuk added.

In the opinion of medics, the incubation period of infection is already nearing completion, and they hope for stabilising 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.

The inspection flare-up had been 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 and affected 500 people.