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    Ministry of Health: two Ozon employees who contracted meningococcal infection died in Yekaterinburg

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    Two men died after contracting meningococcus in Yekaterinburg. This was reported in the press service of the Ministry of Health of the Sverdlovsk region.

    “Yes, [we can confirm] only the fact of death. The cause [of death] is being investigated,” a representative of the department answered the question of TASS whether the second of those infected died precisely because of the infection.

    The regional Ministry of Health also reported that all the necessary tests and analyzes are now being carried out to determine the cause of death of the second man.

    Earlier, the department reported that an employee of the Ozon distribution center died due to meningitis infection.

    A 21-year-old young man lived in a hostel with other employees of the sorting department of the company. A week ago, his temperature rose sharply to 39 degrees, reports Baza.

    “They called an ambulance, but the doctors did not have time to save him,” the sources noted.

    After that, four more men living with him were hospitalized with meningococcal infection. Subsequently, it turned out that there was an outbreak of meningitis, two more were hospitalized.

    Vaccination of local employees of the company against meningitis was also carried out – in total more than 60 people.

    In December 2022, the chief sanitary doctor for Moscow, Elena Andreeva, during the city forum of professionals “My Polyclinic” stated that a difficult situation with meningococcal infection was developing in the capital.

    According to her, mostly migrants get sick with meningitis, as they come to Moscow “absolutely” clean “in terms of immunity” – that is, without vaccinations and screening.

    According to Andreeva, an increase in the incidence of infection was observed last summer, and the authorities of the capital were preparing for a bad development of the situation. The vaccine was taken from the state reserve in advance.

    “Today, the Department of Health, primary care specialists with field teams are vaccinating our migrants. A very severe clinical picture, deaths, contagious infection, ”Andreeva explained then.

    Also in December 2022, Alena Khripkova, a general practitioner of the SberHealth medical service, in a conversation with Gazeta, said that it was impossible for an employee to receive a parcel treated with meningitis or another infection – pathogenic bacteria have a very short lifespan outside the body of the carrier, and by the time the package is received, they will have time to die.

    “Meningococci do not survive long outside a host, and person-to-person transmission requires relatively close contact between hosts, but not between a person and a package delivered a few hours after ordering. Meningococcus is spread from person to person, through respiratory secretions and through close contact with each other. It is impossible to become infected with bacteria through accidental contact or by inhaling air in a place where a patient with a meningococcal infection has been.”

    – said the specialist.

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