Cholera epidemic hits former Soviet states

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 26 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:528
  1. Moscow bureau chief, the European

    The former Soviet Union's collapsing infrastructure has left doctors powerless in the face of an epidemic of cholera that has already claimed hundreds of lives in Ukraine and is threatening to sweep Russia as well, according to Dr Alexander Losoto, who has just returned from the Black Sea town of Nikolayev.

    On his return from the contaminated area Dr Losoto said that he travelled on a train laden with fruit and vegetables into the heart of Moscow and that no sanitary inspections were carried out. He said: “The recent handful of cases of cholera in Moscow is being viewed as something of a sensation. But for those who are aware of the true state …

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