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Enterovirus meningitis confirmed with 45 children in sthrn Russian cities

June 16, 2013, 20:20 UTC+3

As many as eight children have been released from hospitals since Saturday afternoon

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MOSCOW, June 16 (Itar-Tass) - Physicians in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don have confirmed entorovirus meningitis with 45 people, a spokesperson for the federal Ministry of Healthcare said Sunday.

A total of 75 children are taking a course of hospital treatment in the aftermath of an outbreak of viral meningitis in the city with a population of about 1.1 million people. “All the patients /including the ones whose diagnosis has been confirmed - Itar-Tass/ are in a stable condition,” the spokesperson said.

As many as eight children have been released from hospitals since Saturday afternoon. All in all, the outbreak has affected 159 people.

Earlier reports said the physicians had confirmed the diagnosis of 38 children.

The Rostov region public health ministry also said four adult patients with manifestations of an acute viral respiratory infection were taking treatment at a city hospital and one of them was a kindergarten instructor.

An adult female patient is getting intensive therapy in the condition of an induced coma.

To prevent the emergence of new cases of the diseases, which is rarely lethal but which imposes debilitating impacts on its victims, the local medical authorities have launched a whole range of prophylactic measures like checkup rounds at apartment blocks.

As many as 4,249 children have been checked up to date.

The federal Healthcare Ministry expects an investigation report from the sanitary watchdog agency Rospotrebnadzor on the source of infection, as well as causes and mechanisms of its transmission to the children.

The list of aftereffects of enterovirus meningitis includes exhaustion, headaches, memory loss, anxiety, depression, balance problems, and hearing difficulties.

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