Specialists from the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor found that the most likely source of hepatitis C infection in children in the Amur Regional Children's Clinical Hospital (AODKB) in Blagoveshchensk was a child who was treated in this clinic ten years ago. About this on Friday, April 5, writes "Kommersant".
“Patients in the group could have been infected through a chain of transmission cases,” the expert opinion says.
According to the document, 97.4 percent of cases of infection in children who received intravenous injections are epidemiologically related.
According to the source of the publication, the number of children infected with hepatitis C in the hospital has increased to 150, and this figure may increase as the survey continues.
Mass infection of children in the oncology department of the AODKB in Blagoveshchensk was reported in December last year. Initially, 26 cases were reported. In March, it was reported that the virus was found in one hundred patients of the institution.
The regional department of the Investigative Committee of Russia is investigating the case under Part 1 of Article 236 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Violation of sanitary and epidemiological rules”).
Hepatitis C is a viral disease transmitted through mucous membranes, blood or damaged skin that causes cirrhosis or liver cancer. The incubation period can last up to six months.