By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Officials in the Transcarpathian region in southwestern Ukraine have reported three cases in children of meningococcal disease, with one fatality being reported.

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Infectious disease physician, Viktor Petrov said on his Facebook page (computer translated), Increased interest in coronavirus significantly diverts our attention from other, no less dangerous infectious diseases like meningococcal disease.

He also addresses the issue of vaccines in Ukraine-The problem with vaccine accessibility in our region is more than ever, overreact and it, for some reason, has not been solved for a year in a row.

Meningococcal disease is a contagious infection that can be very serious. It may cause infection of the covering of the spinal cord, bacteria in the blood or pneumonia. It is spread by close contact, such as living with or kissing an infected person. Disease outbreaks typically occur in communities, schools, colleges and other high-risk populations.

Symptoms of meningitis include, but are not limited to, a sudden onset of fever, headache, stiff neck, confusion and sometimes a rash. Quick medical attention is important if meningococcal disease is suspected. Individuals with concerns should contact their healthcare provider.

Dr Petrov notes, the only effective means of protection for today is to conduct preventive vaccinations. I recommend choosing a vaccine with the most serotypes.