During the surveillance of West Nile virus neuroinfection, between June 24 and July 18, 2007, 154 suspected meningitis cases were reported, four confirmed with Enterovirus Echo. Today, the Cantacuzino Institute has confirmed four more cases in Dambovita County and is expected to identify the serotype for 4 samples sent on July 11 in Prahova County.
These cases are currently being investigated for West Nile viral etiology. Since all suspected cases were negative for West Nile virus, it was hypothesized that this increase could be due to other viruses.
In order to prevent an epidemic from occurring, the Ministry of Public Health has taken the following measures:
1. Intensification of surveillance activities throughout the country including laboratory diagnosis of clinically suspected cases
2. Warning of the entire medical network in the counties regarding the existence of the risk of illnesses due to enteroviruses and the immediate reporting to ASPJ of all suspected cases.
3. Warning of the local administrations regarding the need to provide sufficient quantities of water for the population in the drought affected counties;
4. Prohibition of bathing in unpaved places by applying announcements in this regard, as well as monitoring these areas.
5. Control and disinfection of public and private wells from the point of view of water quality in the territories affected by drought.
Also, the Ministry of Public Health recommends to citizens:
July 24, 2007
Ministry of Health