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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hepatitis A Spreading in Ukraine

KIEV -- More than 100 people have been hospitalized in the past two days with symptoms of hepatitis A after drinking contaminated water, bringing the total number affected by the outbreak above 400, Ukrainian officials said Tuesday.

The Health Ministry said that 303 adults and 126 children in the eastern town of Sukhodilsk are being treated for the illness. So far, 275 people in the town of 23,000 have been diagnosed with the disease, but the number is expected to continue rising.

The outbreak began June 9 after high levels of stagnant subsoil waters caused the town's water supply and sewage systems to overflow.

A regional spokeswoman said the outbreak was connected with the closure of coal mines, which began in 1997. The mines have filled up with water but authorities don't have financing to pump them out, she said.