PRO/EDR> Meningitis, meningococcal – Russia (03): (SV) workers/2 companies/1 hostel, RFI


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Date: Sun 9 Jul 2023
Source: Komsomolskaya Pravda [in Russian, machine trans., edited]

Following Ozon, 3 cases of meningococcal infection have been found at
Uralkhimmash [a company that manufactures fabricated plate work
products, such as boilers
(] in
Yekaterinburg. The total number of cases at both enterprises has
increased to 15.

Employees of Rospotrebnadzor continue to fight the spread of
meningococcal infection in Yekaterinburg. The outbreak at the Ozon
distribution center became known on 5 Jul 2023. By Sunday [9 Jul
2023], the number of cases had increased.

During the monitoring of contact persons, 2 more cases were identified
among the employees of the Ozon distribution center, as well as 2
cases of the disease and one asymptomatic carrier of the infection
among the workers of Uralkhimmash, the Office of Rospotrebnadzor for
the Sverdlovsk region reports.

Factory employees [of Uralkhimmash?] caught the infection because they
lived in the same hostel with Ozon employees. In total, meningococcal
infection has now been registered in 15 people. Of these, 2 have died.
Employees of Rospotrebnadzor continue to conduct medical surveillance
of all those who have been in contact with sick people at work or at
their place of residence.

Initially, the disease was registered among employees of the Ozon
distribution center.

“More than 1200 people have been examined,” Rospotrebnadzor clarifies.
Active disinfection measures continue; vaccination is carried out
according to epidemic indications. Citizens who have been in close
contact with sick people are undergoing antibiotic prophylaxis.

Vaccination of employees is now carried out not only at the Ozon
distribution center, but also at Uralkhimmash. Rospotrebnadzor has
organized a hotline for this situation for employees of both

The Ozon warehouse worker who died of meningococcus was covered in red
spots before his death.

[Byline: Danil Svechekov]

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