Doctors Told Whether Russians Should Be Afraid Of An Unknown Disease From Tanzania

Doctors Told Whether Russians Should Be Afraid Of An Unknown Disease From Tanzania
Doctors Told Whether Russians Should Be Afraid Of An Unknown Disease From Tanzania

Video: Doctors Told Whether Russians Should Be Afraid Of An Unknown Disease From Tanzania

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Video: Занзибар - Танзания | Жизнь других | 20.12.2020 2023, January
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Tanzania reported the emergence of an unknown infection in the south-west of the country, from which at least 15 people have already died. The sick have nausea and vomiting of blood. We find out how dangerous the unknown disease is and whether it can reach the Russian borders. Fatal disease? An outbreak of an unknown disease has been reported in the Chunya district of Mbeya region in southwestern Tanzania, which has hospitalized more than 50 local residents and killed at least 15 more. The patients suffered from nausea and vomiting of blood. Initial clinical examination of the patients showed that the infection affected mainly men who had stomach ulcers and liver disease. Now a group of experts is finding out the causes of the disease, in particular, they are examining water from local sources. In addition, blood samples from patients will be checked for traces of mercury poisoning. The Ministry of Health of Tanzania ruled out an outbreak of an unknown epidemic, noting that the disease is observed only in one remote area of ​​the country. Residents of Chunya were advised to avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, and those living in other regions were advised to remain calm. No reason to panic? Candidate of Medical Sciences, Associate Professor of the Department of Infectious Diseases of the RUDN University Sergei Voznesensky, in a conversation with Moscow 24, suggested that with the symptoms that are known at the moment, patients in Tanzania could have hemorrhagic fever. "Dengue fever is possible in Tanzania, which may be accompanied by hemorrhagic syndrome, nausea and vomiting of blood. Laboratory tests are required to confirm this diagnosis," the specialist noted. The expert also noted that food poisoning should not be ruled out in patients from Tanzania. According to Voznesensky, in any case, Russian citizens should not be afraid that the disease will enter the country, since all people arriving from Africa undergo certain examinations after that. "If there are any symptoms, then people are sent to infectious diseases hospitals. I do not see any danger for our citizens," the specialist emphasized. The infectious disease doctor, candidate of medical sciences Ilya Akinfiev agrees with him. According to him, it is impossible to get infected from a sick person with a viral hemorrhagic fever, it is transmitted only through insect bites. "Fever manifests itself in the form of a high temperature, a decrease in platelets in the blood, which entails just epistaxis, uterine bleeding in women, blood from the gums and the formation of bruises. People who are prone to gastrointestinal bleeding may have stools and vomiting with People who suffer from chronic alcoholism and who have liver disease or stomach ulcers are susceptible to this,”he said in an interview with Moscow 24. Akinfiev added that in the case of Dengue fever there is no vaccine against it. However, the yellow fever vaccination given to all Russian tourists traveling to Africa indirectly protects against Dengue fever. At the same time, according to the specialist, a number of hemorrhagic fevers are also known that cannot be insured against.

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