By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Health authorities in Volyn Oblast report a tularemia case in a woman from the village of Sadiv in Lutsk district.

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According to the results of the epidemiological investigation, it was established that the disease was probably caused by a bite of an insect (fly) on June 20 this year.

The patient had symptoms typical of tularemia: during the day the body temperature rose and chills appeared. On the third day, there were complaints of redness and swelling of the skin at the site of the insect bite, joint pain and enlarged cervical and inguinal lymph nodes (buboes) characteristic of tularemia.

Infectious disease doctors suspected tularemia and performed the necessary selection of material for laboratory testing.

Laboratory analysis confirmed tularemia. The patient is in outpatient treatment at the Volyn Regional Infectious Diseases Hospital with a diagnosis of “Tularemia, ulcerative-bubonic form, moderate.”

This is the first case of tularemia in the area since the beginning of the year.

In order to strengthen measures to prevent human diseases with tularemia, epidemiologists have carried out a set of anti-epidemic and preventive measures.

The veterinary service of the district, the management of the village council and the heads of the health care institutions of the district were informed about the detected case of tularemia to take the necessary measures.

Explanatory work was carried out among the population on measures to control rodents and prevent the bites of blood-sucking insects during agricultural work.