Death by botulism in Kharkov: Police have launched an investigation

Смерть от ботулизма в Харькове: Полиция начала расследование

Police started investigation on the fact of death by botulism in Kharkov. About it reported in a press-service of police in Kharkiv region.

“Information included in the Unified register of pre-judicial investigations according to p. 1 p. 325 (violation of sanitary rules and norms for the prevention of infectious diseases and mass poisonings) of the Criminal code of Ukraine. Police takes all necessary measures to establish the circumstances of this event, and bring those responsible to justice,” – stated in the message.

Informed in the Main Department of Gospodarevskaya in the Kharkov area reported that in regional hospital with suspected botulism hospitalized members of the same family.

“The survey revealed that the disease is associated with eating fish bream. To establish the origin of this fish under investigation”, – stated in the message.

Later it was reported that the injured man died in hospital, while his wife is in intensive care.

It is noted that since the beginning of 2018, in Ukraine registered more than 60 cases of botulism, four victims died.

Botulism – severe food poisoning caused by the consumption of foods containing botulinum toxin.

The pathogen multiplies in anaerobic conditions (without oxygen), and improper conditions of storage or transportation of food.

The best way to protect your health is to abstain from food, the quality of which the consumer is not known.

Risk factors include the consumption of dried, salted and canned fish, or canned products made of meat, if they do not pass heat treatment before use.

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