Tularemia-the virus that poses a threat for FYROM

Tularemia-the virus that poses a threat for FYROM

Skopje, March 19, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

The virus of Tularemia is rapidly spreading in FYR Macedonia and this has led to the infection of 13 patients.

This virus is mainly carried through food and water and has been spread in the eastern part of the country, in particular in rural areas. Institute of Public Health in FYROM has informed that in the past two days, another three patients have been admitted with symptoms of this illness, two of which were from Lozova and one from Veles.

Epidemiologists from the Institute of Public Health are on site and are following the situation in the areas where this illness has been spread.

“So far, the exact source of this infection has not been identified. There are several ways that people can be infected by tularemia and this happens from the contact with rodents and bacteria that are carried by the dust. This illness is not carried by people. The best measure is to be vaccinated from tularemia, as this vaccine offers a long and efficient immunity”, declared Gordana Kuzmanovska from the Institute of Public Health.

Commission of the Ministry of Health against contagious illnesses is also following the situation and there are suspicions that this illness is being carried by rats, who have massively spread in the eastern part of the country, after the massive floods taken place there.

During the past 25 years, this contagious illness has been registered twice in FYROM. /ibna/