YEREVAN, August 7. / ARKA /. Nearly 450 people were hospitalized in Armenia in June, July and the first week of August with suspected acute meningitis, a disease caused by enterovirus infections, Gayane Sahakyan, the head of the National Immunization Program of the Health Ministry, told a news conference today.
"Fortunately, the diagnosis of acute meningitis was confirmed only in less than one third of cases. The number of people seeking assistance with hospitals is gradually decreasing. There is no epidemic,” she said.
Sahakyan noted that diseases caused by enteroviruses are dangerous and have a variety of symptoms. They are transmitted through air and tactile contacts with sick people or contaminated objects. The point is that a healthy person could be a carrier of the disease for 5-6 months, and thus become a source of infection to others.
"The danger is that the symptoms of enteroviral diseases can manifest themselves in many different ways, such as acute respiratory infections and diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. For an accurate diagnosis a special laboratory study is required, " Sahakyan said.
"To protect against enterovirus diseases people must comply with the most basic rules of personal hygiene, wash hands, fruits and vegetables thoroughly, make disinfectant cleaning of homes and premises, not to swim in open water reservoirs, not intended for swimming," she said.
She said preventive measures are being implemented in kindergartens and children's summer camps at the order of the health minister in order to prevent outbreaks of enterovirus infections.
Enterovirus infection is a group of acute infectious disease caused by enteric viruses (enteroviruses), characterized by fever and polymorphism of clinical symptoms hitting people’s CNS, cardiovascular system, gastrointestinal tract, muscle, lung, liver, kidney and other body organs. -0-