Tick-borne encephalitis erupts in Russia

Aug 10, 2007

The tick-borne virus encephalitis has shown growth in Russia, killing at least eight people in the past three weeks alone.

From January to the middle of July there were 25 fatal cases, including at least one child, Itar-Tass reported Thursday.

Consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said the Novosibirsk Region had taken the greatest hit with seven deaths. Five people in the Primorye Territory and five more in the Krasnoyarsk Territory were killed by the disease.

Specialist reported a 70 percent growth in the number of patients infected with encephalitis, revealing that 1,638 patients have been infected recently compared with 934 in the same period last year.

Rospotrebnadzor's online monitoring service said 330,000 patients who suffered tick bites, including 76,600 children, have sought medical assistance.

Copyright 2007 by United Press International

Explore further: USDA confirms bird flu at 5th South Dakota turkey farm

Related Stories

Pro-Saudi hackers seize Iran TV's social media accounts

1 hour ago

Hackers took over the social media accounts of Iran's Al-Alam television Sunday and posted material supportive of the Saudi-led air war against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen, the Arabic-language channel said.

Subzero learning environment enabling avalanche research

1 hour ago

A recent article about avalanche research in Popular Science referred to the effort toward knowing more about the avalanche in its subhead as "snowslide science," and the article was about the interesting lab wo ...

China orders media giant Sina to 'improve censorship'

10 hours ago

China's government has threatened to shut down Sina, one of the country's most popular news websites unless it "improves censorship", state media reported, in a rare public glimpse into controls over the ...

Recommended for you

USDA confirms bird flu at 5th South Dakota turkey farm

13 hours ago

Five commercial turkey farms in South Dakota have now been infected with a bird flu strain that's led to the deaths of more than 250,000 turkeys in the state and over 2.4 million birds in the Midwest.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.