13:49 Jun. 18, 2016
Half of the patients are children
The authorities of the city of Izmail in Ukraine's southern Odesa region have closed all the public eating places and markets after more than 200 of locals turned for medical help with an unknown enteric infection.
119 of those hospitalized are children, including babies.
Due to the outbreak of the infection, the city officials asked all the doctors, especially pediatricians, to cancel their vacations and return to work. Several additional medical specialists were invited from other cities.
Because of the limited patient capacity of local hospitals, additional beds were arranged in two schools.
Epidemiological service is inspecting and conducting additional disinfection of sanitary conveniences of the private housing areas, as well as checking the quality of water.
However, the reason for the outbreak is yet to be determined.