Hepatitis A outbreak in Vinnytsia: 100 patients hospitalized
The number of hepatitis A cases is rapidly increasing in the Vinnytsia region. As of October 25, 100 people with suspected cases of the disease have been hospitalized.
This was reported by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. It is noted that all the hospitalized individuals live in different neighborhoods of Vinnytsia and settlements in the region.
The diagnosis has been confirmed in 81 patients, including 15 children. Another 19 people are in the hospital with suspected infections and are awaiting confirmation of the diagnosis.
"So far, no reasons have been identified linking the cases to attending public events or consuming the same foods. It is known that all the patients live in different neighborhoods of Vinnytsia and the region," the statement said.
Experts continue to examine the drinking water and the environment in the area of the outbreaks. According to the experts, 129 water samples taken from public drinking water sources, private wells, and drinking water outlets comply with the State Sanitary Standards.
The Ministry of Health reminded us that hepatitis A is a viral disease that affects the liver and can have both mild and severe courses. The hepatitis A virus is transmitted through the consumption of contaminated food or water, poor personal hygiene, and within families when an infected person prepares food for all family members.
As previously reported by OBOZ.UA, on October 24, the Ministry of Health reported that an outbreak of viral hepatitis A was recorded in the Vinnytsia region. In particular, 60 people with a confirmed diagnosis of hepatitis A were hospitalized, including 14 children.