11. 07. 2018 12:15
A state of emergency has been declared in the Michalovce district, eastern Slovakia, as of 3 p.m. on Tuesday due to the breakout of a measles epidemic. It was announced to the media by Michalovce District Office head Jana Cibereová, after a crisis management session on the same day. The number of measles cases in the Michalovce and Sobrance districts on July 9 stood at 161, of which 68 were confirmed by laboratory tests. The highest number of cases was recorded in the town of Michalovce and also in the village of Drahnov, which served as the epicentres of the disease. The head of Michalovce Hospital's department of infectious diseases, Doctor Stefan Zamba told journalists that more than 140 people have been admitted to hospital, of whom 85 percent were children aged up to 18 years old. He added that the entire hospital staff have received inoculations and a strict ban on visits is in place for the whole facility.