Uzbekistan Tightens Public Sanitary Control at Borders Amid Cholera Outbreak in Afghanistan

Uzbekistan has tightened its borders’ sanitary control amid the cholera outbreak in Afghanistan, its neighboring country.

According to Uzbek Service for Sanitary and Epidemiological Welfare and Public Health, Uzbekistan has set up 54 sanitary and quarantine points — 36 on roads, 11 at international airports, six on railways, and one in a river port.

People arriving in Uzbekistan will undergo thermal imaging and non-contact temperature measurement for health and sanitary examinations.

Special laboratories were also set up, supplied with reagents and nutrient media, to test possible for suspected cholera infections. 

Samples from water reservoirs are tested weekly to identify cholera pathogens.

Local media reported that infectious disease hospitals in the country examined patients experiencing acute diarrhea, but results have not yet been disclosed.

On Sunday, Afghanistan recorded more than 600 infections and about 15 deaths from a cholera-like outbreak.

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