: Mass Poisoning in Southern Odesa: Now 362 people in Izmail need medical assistance

13:02 Jun. 19, 2016

Mass Poisoning in Southern Odesa: Now 362 people in Izmail need medical assistance

An infectious disease ward (UNIAN Photo)

Situation is under control, earlier said officials 

UPDATE: Currently, 362 people in Izmail need medical assistance, including at least 222 children

The number of mass poisoning victims increases. Earlier the City's Mayor said the situation had been stabilized.

STORY: Andriy Abramchenko, Mayor of Izmail (the city in Ukraine's southern Odesa) wrote on Facebook that the situation with mass poisoning in the city was handled.

Abramchenko said that on June 18, 284 locals turned for medical help (with an unknown enteric infection) including 166 children. Those people were hospitalized.

Currently, 139 locals - 30 adults and 109 children - undergo hospital treatment; while another 145 receive outpatient care.

The infection broke out on late June 18. The authorities of the city of Izmail in Ukraine's southern Odesa region closed all the public eating places and markets.

This is the second day Izmail's residents keep turning for medical help. They all were diagnosed with acute enteric infection. People drank tap water, which could have been contaminated with sewage after heavy rain in the city.

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The Mayor thanked residents for their support. "We have stabilized the situation. It was very difficult," wrote Andriy Abramchenko.

The local shops were banned from selling perishable products. Meanwhile, locals are eager to purchase bottled water and food.

Guards protect water reservoirs, people are forbidden to swim. Epidemiological service is inspecting and conducting additional disinfection of sanitary conveniences of the private housing areas, as well as checking the quality of water. Criminal investigation is under way.

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