According to medical results released by the Ministry of Healthcare of Azerbaijan, a rotavirus infection is likely the culprit in the hospitalization of over 130 children in Sumqayit in the past four days.
Blood analyses confirmed this information earlier this afternoon.
According to the accompanying statement, 46 children are still in hospital treatment.
“The condition of the children is stable, and they will soon be discharged from the hospital. Medical-preventive measures and works on health education among the population are being carried out at sites where the infection appeared”, reads the statement.
The statement also says that retovirus is connected with seasonal variations and that the virus occurs in people with a weak immune system, especially in children.
On 9 and 10 June, 119 children from the Taghiyev and Jeyranbatan settlement were taken to the hospitals of the city of Sumgayit.
Parents claim that the children were infected by water sources, but Azersu denies this version of the case referring to the negative results of a recent water test in the area.
However, the director of the Republican Center for Hygiene and Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health Imran Abdullayev told Lent.az that “mostly this kind of infection comes from contaminated water”.
Rotavirus is a virus that infects the bowels, causing a severe inflammation of the stomach and bowels (gastroenteritis). The virus is the most common cause of severe diarrhea among infants and children.