The biggest epidemic of “yellow fever” in the last two decades is spreading throughout Southern Moravia, especially in Brno and its surroundings. Last week, doctors and hygienists recorded 97 people who were infected with the “illness of dirty hands” from Spring, another 400 people had been vaccinated quickly for this illness.
The problem is that nobody knows when the epidemic is going to stop. It’s not about contagion from food, therefore there is no “epicenter” that could be discarded. The disease can be everywhere.
“We expect that it will spread further, because we are in a time of family vacations, summer holidays and festivals where the large numbers of people occur and hygiene is very oblivious,” said County Health Officer Renata Ciupek.
Brno virus, discovered recently, arrived from abroad. “Three months ago, the virus got into the group of drug addicts and the homeless people, because they could move freely around the city, penetrated among the general population,” Renata Ciupek described the escalation of the epidemic.
The great danger of jaundice is that it is transmitted simply by touching – just holding the handle on the tram, handrails on escalators or taking the handle after a sick person – and infection can be brought home.
Hygienists have sent out warnings to doctors and large health centers, many surgeries hanging leaflets warning and instructions on how to properly wash their hands.
“Many people underestimate the disease and think that it can be brought from an exotic vacation, but do not know that they can be infected in their home country,” says another Brno Medical Health Radka Boháčová.
“Fast” vaccination which can help you within a week
Practically everyone is in danger, but most of those who work among people on the margins of society, where they may get the virus from sick people. They should get vaccinated preventively in the first place.
“So I would advise vaccination for people who work in the food industry or catering facilities, canteens and restaurants. If you had come into contact with an infected person, you must stay in quarantine for 50 days, even if you don’t get sick, “notes Boháčová.
The number of patients is constantly changing. Some will recover, but in a week there will be five to ten new cases. “If we make it in a week, we can give them the so-called fast vaccination. It’s not prevention, but most can be protected from virus. Thus, we have vaccinated four hundred people. “said Health Officer Boháčová.