Friday, December 15, 2017

SARS cases on the rise in Sverdlovsk region

There were 20,400 cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, commonly known as SARS, in the Sverdlovsk region last week between January 16 and January 22.

The incidence rate of the viral infection was 50.9 per 10,000 people. In Yekaterinburg during that period, there were 7,900 cases of SARS. Both in the city and the region, the incidence rose from the previous week, JustMedia reports.

There have been 882 patients examined thoroughly since the beginning of the epidemic season in the Sverdlovsk region. In one patient, the causative agent of influenza type B was also found. Para-influenza pathogens type one, two, three or four were detected in 2.5 percent of the patients. Respiratory syncytial viral disease was found in 9.3 percent of the patients and adenovirus infection was determined to be involved in 4.5 percent of the cases.

As of January 23, 39.4 percent of the population in the region had been vaccinated against the flu, which includes 1,154,000 people who were vaccinated in the national calendar. To prevent an epidemic, an additional 500,000 people were vaccinated in the Sverdlovsk region, according to Rospotrebnadzor.

According to local health officials, all preventative and medical treatment and educational institutions of the region appear to be functioning normally. The number of cases of the disease do not qualify as an epidemic.