Ukraine warns of cholera outbreak in Mariupol


Mariupol Mayor Vadim Boychenko, who is exiled from the city, has assured the BBC that there is already “cholera, dysentery and other infectious diseases” in the city.

A group of people receive humanitarian aid in Mariupol.
A group of people receive humanitarian aid in Mariupol.Alexander ErmochenkoReuters
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After a bloody siege, another crisis strikes a Russian-occupied port city. Highly contagious and very serious diseases such as cholera or dysentery rear their heads among piles of disturbed corpses, rubbish and rubble, resulting in savage fighting Russian Siege of Mariupoli, So say the mayor Mariupol, Vadim Boychenko, exiled from the city. The leader placed by Moscow in his replacement denies such extremes.

“Clara, dysentery and other infectious diseases are already in the city,” Boychenko emphasized in a statement to the BBC network. The mayor assured that the city has been quarantined to prevent its expansion. However, Ukrainian officials, limited in their ability to take samples on the ground, admit that they have not detected any cases of these diseases.

The United Nations has warned that, due to the circumstances in Mariupol, drain water There is infiltration in the tap water system. If storms and hot summer weather are added to the outcome of the war, experts warn of the possibility of a “perfect storm” if bacteria levels in the environment are triggered. Without confirming the presence of cholera or dysentery, the World Health Organization has described the health situation there as a “great threat”.

there is anger a bacterial disease is caused by a highly contagious virus under conditions of profanity, which is why its presence is usually related to precarious conditions of poverty. It is characterized by acute diarrhea, which is accompanied by rapid fluid loss that can be fatal. Dysentery is similar in some symptoms and, throughout history, has been the negative hero of many wars.

Mariupol is devastated. In the middle of last month, the last soldiers of the Ukrainian army gave up their rebellion in the town through a deal with Russia. Since then, and although Moscow has promised to rebuild the damaged buildings – Kyiv estimates 90% of the city is in dilapidated condition – the destruction continues. An informant who has gone there with Russian approval is able to record an esplanade with hundreds of graves, a symptom of the disaster.

Before the war, about half a million people lived in Mariupol. It is unknown how many civilians are left at this time., Kyiv reports that at least 20,000 civilians have been forcibly deported to Russia. Another recent allegation weighs heavily on the Kremlin: the fear that it would use lethal chemical weapons or that, as a result of the fighting, chemical installations would be damaged, seriously harming the population.

The focus of concerns of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) severodonetskwhere i. one of the bloodiest battles since the beginning ofNavsin Russian, According to Russian sources, Ukrainian fighters have relocated to a chemical plant in Azot, an industrial area in the eastern city. Last week, Ukrainian government forces reported the impact of Russian shells on nitric acid tanks. “Since the start of the conflict, the OPCW’s Technical Secretariat has closely followed the situation in Ukraine,” said this Friday the UN-affiliated organization, whose director Fernando Arias met with the speaker of parliament on the same day. Ukrainian Ruslan Stefanchuk.

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