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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Cholera Hospitalizes Father, Son




THE MOSCOW TIMES


Two men, a father and son, have been hospitalized after being diagnosed with cholera, Moscow health authorities said Tuesday.


A 65-year-old man, an employee of a Moscow ballbearing factory, and his 35-year-old son were diagnosed as having cholera on Saturday and are now in a satisfactory condition at the Second Clinical Infectious Hospital, Itar-Tass said, quoting officials from the Moscow health inspection service.


Another 548 people, mostly workers at the factory, who had come into contact with the two men had been tested for the disease, Itar-Tass said.


Health officials gave little information on the source of the infection. In a news release, the health service said only, "The infection occurred at his place of residence as a result of failure to observe rules of personal hygiene."


The statement said the outbreak was now localized. "The fire has been localized. The epidemic situation in Moscow remains stable."


The pair were the first registered cases of cholera in Moscow this year. Itar-Tass said that cases of cholera have been recorded this year in the Kirov region in central Russia and in the Caucasian republics of Dagestan and Karachayevo-Cherkessia.


Although cholera is a disease caused by feces-contaminated water that usually afflicts densely-populated Third World countries, the disease has reared its head in Moscow since the fall of the Soviet Union.


Last year, Moscow health authorities found rivers contaminated with cholera bacteria in five places.


Ivan Stratov, a doctor at the American Medical Center, said that although an anti-cholera vaccine exists, the World Health Organization does not recommend vaccination because it is only 30 percent effective in fighting the disease.