Friday, November 24, 2017

Criminal case filed over intestinal infections at Yekaterinburg schools

An audit of the Sverdlovsk region was recently conducted by the Prosecutor's Office after 20 students were treated for acute intestinal infections in Yekaterinburg schools between Dec. 7 and Dec. 16.

According to the Prosecutor's Office's audit of the mass incident, sanitary and epidemiological standards and guidelines at the educational institutions were violated by the Yekateirnburg Municipal Unitary Enterprise's dining hall program, which is tasked with catering the school in accordance with the municipal contract, Oblgazeta.ru reports.

The audit also found that the lunches provided to some of the injured students contained the norovirus. Norovirus is responsible for approximately 90 percent of gastroenteritis worldwide. It is transmitted by fecal contact with food, water or person-to-person contact.

Additionally, the catering providers were found to have violated rules of food storage and food preparation, according to Oblgazeta.ru. They were also found to be in violation of established rules for the processing of kitchen utensils and drinking water for students from a rusty tank.

A criminal case has been opened as a result of the findings.