According to health officials, a nationwide meningococcal disease outbreak has been reported. At least 60 cases of the disease were recorded between January 1 and June 9. According to local sources, the most affected areas include the Almaty, South Kazakhstan, and Kyzylorda provinces.
Symptoms of meningococcal disease, a contagious bacterial disease that can cause infections in the lining of the brain and/or in the blood, include fever, headache, a stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light, joint and muscle pains, and a rash. Without appropriate medical treatment, up to 50 percent of people with the disease die. A vaccine is available.
All those present in Kazakhstan are advised to take the necessary measures to protect themselves from the disease (wash hands, disinfect surfaces frequently, consult with a medical professional concerning vaccination options) and avoid all contact with infected individuals. Individuals developing symptoms of the disease should seek immediate medical attention.
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