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16 children from Mechta camp to be under medics care until Jul 25

July 24, 2012, 9:25 UTC+3

A total of 350 children are holidaying in the camp, no other infection cases have been recorded

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VLADIVOSTOK, July 24 (Itar-Tass) — Sixteen teenagers from the Mechta (Dream) camp in the Primorsky Territory will remain under medical supervision at the Nakhodka city hospital until July 25.

The clinic’s head physician Igor Ponetayev said on Tuesday that the children staying in the infectious ward will remain under the supervision of doctors until the final results of analyses are obtained. “They will be ready tomorrow morning. All the children feel well. I think that tomorrow we will start to discharge them,” he said.

The first patients with intestinal infection in the children’s holiday camp Mechta in the Primorsky Territory were registered on July 22. Criminal proceedings were instituted over the mass infection in the children’s recreation camp under the RF Criminal Code “violation of sanitary-epidemiological rules, causing mass poisoning of people through negligence.”

According to the Russian Federal Consumer Rights Protection and Human Health Control Service (Rospotrebnadzor) data that were cited by agency’s press service on Tuesday, the number of the affected remained unchanged: 27 people, including 26 children aged from 9 to 14 years and an adult. Eleven people, mostly Nakhodka residents, have already been discharged from hospital and are currently under the supervision of the district paediatrician. According to the confirmed by laboratory tests diagnosis, the infection was caused by rotavirus.

Doctors continue supervision of other children holidaying in the camp and the camp’s personnel, the disinfection regime has been stepped up. All irregularities in the organisation of children’s catering have been removed.

It has been established that the source of the infection were fresh cucumbers. All the poor quality products have been removed from sale. The products’ supplier has been found and Rospotrebnadzor officers initiated an administrative investigation against it.

A total of 350 children are holidaying in the camp, no other infection cases have been recorded.



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