Russia may experience cholera outbreak

Rospotrebnadzor (Russia’s Federal State Agency for Health and Consumer Rights) advised regional governments to identify the categories of persons who must be vaccinated against cholera and to guarantee that hospitals are prepared to respond to cholera outbreaks.

It is advised that training exercises be conducted until June 1 in order to build an algorithm for interdepartmental engagement.

In the event that cholera patients appear, it is advised that the heads of executive authorities of constituent entities guarantee that hospitals, laboratories, and other medical institutions implement anti-epidemic measures by the beginning of summer.

It was suggested that top authorities from the constituent bodies adjust plans for sanitary protection of areas, taking into consideration the possibility of cholera spreading. It is also suggested that measures be taken to ensure that the populace has access to high-quality drinking water.

The general public should be informed about illness prevention strategies.

The directors of Rospotrebnadzor departments in the regions of Rostov, Voronezh, Belgorod, Kursk, Bryansk, Krasnodar Territory, Crimea, and Sevastopol are advised to broaden the scope of monitoring studies and increase the frequency of water sampling.

Cholera is a highly contagious disease that causes severe, acute diarrhea with a lot of water. The emergence of symptoms in a sick person might take anywhere from 12 hours to 5 days after consuming infected food or water. Cholera affects both children and adults and, according to the World Health Organization website, if left untreated, can result in death within hours.