Russian attacks on the energy system pose infection outbreak risks: health minister warns

Russian attacks on the energy system pose infection outbreak risks: health minister warns

Power outages often cause problems with water supply / Photo: Pexels

Last year, outbreaks of viral hepatitis A, which is associated with water, were recorded.

Russian terrorist attacks on the energy sector are causing power outages, which frequently disrupt water supply. In such situations, waterborne transmission of infectious diseases could become a primary concern.

Health Minister Viktor Lyashko highlighted this issue in an interview with the BBC.

According to him, outbreaks of viral hepatitis A, which is associated with water, were recorded last year, so now prevention control centers and communal services are working intensively to prevent the spread of infection.

"There are gastroenterocolitis cases of unknown etiology and other issues. Thankfully, there have been no cholera cases. However, the system understands that the epidemic season has begun. We see an increase in pertussis cases, and we urge everyone not to neglect vaccinations during the war. It is important to find the opportunity to visit your family doctor to catch up on any missed vaccinations,"  the Health Minister emphasized.

Viktor Lyashko adds that due to problematic water supply, Ukrainians face risks from infectious diseases transmitted through poor hygiene practices, such as unwashed hands, fruits, or vegetables.

"This includes hepatitis and cholera. There's also botulism, because without electricity, storage conditions are compromised. All of this can lead to infectious diseases or food poisoning," the minister noted.

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