A meningococcal researcher spoke about the possible consequences of a serious outbreak in Yekaterinburg

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Leading researcher of the Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology. N.F. Gamalei Natalya Kostyukova in a conversation with Gazeta.RU named an outbreak of meningitis in Yekaterinburg is a big one for Russia, which could be the first after a long break since 1995.

“Ten cases is a very big outbreak,” Kostyukova said.

According to her, “it can have big consequences, because since 1995 there have been no outbreaks of meningococcus in Russia at all.”

The previous “big introduction of infection” was in the USSR in 1968. Meningococcus was brought by the Vietnamese, who contracted it in China.

“There were hundreds of cases,” the professor said. “Then we couldn’t get rid of this skid until 1996.”

Kostyukova, who has studied meningococcus for many decades, added that close contact is needed to contract this infection, and the easiest way to contract meningococcus is through a kiss.

She noted that when shaking hands, the transmission of infection is unlikely, “unless the person has blown his nose in his hand before.” And through parcels, the transmission of meningococcus, according to her, is completely impossible.

In Yekaterinburg, 10 people working at the distribution warehouse of the marketplace became infected with meningococcus, two died due to meningococcal meningitis.

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