The number of hepatitis A patients has grown to 867 people, including 166 children, in the city of Nizhny Novgorod on the Volga River since an outbreak of the epidemic early in September, sources from the regional healthcare department told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.
According to the sources, 75 people, including 17 children, have been hospitalised over the past 24 hours. They say patients come from all districts of the city. Up to 25 people from the Sormovsky district, the main centre of the infection, are hospitalised daily.
Meanwhile, 35 people have been released from hospitals, Itar-Tass reports. Nizhny Novgorod prosecutors have opened criminal proceedings and started investigating the hepatitis outbreak. Meanwhile, running water is dechlorinated additionally, and the local population is vaccinated.