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Patras in EODY status – which students will receive chemoprophylaxis

Patras in EODY status – which students will receive chemoprophylaxis

Its impact during the Covid-19 pandemic Meningococcal disease reached its lowest level, which is attributed to use Control measures (Social distancing, mask use, school closures).

However, in 2023, the incidence of meningococcal disease reached pre-pandemic levels and by 2024 they were reported to EODY. A total of 12 cases from across the country.

The 3 cases concerned students of university institutions of Patras city and reported to EODY from January 11 till date.

According to international guidelines, Detection of 3 cases of meningococcal disease of the same serogroup in one institution According to (school, university institute etc.). A duration of three months forms the severity of the cases and prolongation of the administration of chemoprophylaxis is recommended. In a wider circle than close contacts and Targeted vaccination In close connections of cases.

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Since the first case appeared, EODY has been in close cooperation with 6The Competent authorities of the health sector, the Directorate of Public Health of the Region of Western Greece and university institutions.

He sent instructions regarding investigation of contacts of cases and prompt administration of chemoprophylaxis.

Also, following the relevant information and instructions from the Deputy Minister of Health, Mrs. Irini Agapitakis, Tomorrow, Thursday, in the morning, he will carry out the on-site intervention with the participation of EODY's Mobile Health Teams (MOHY) in Patras for change of status..

The Echelon will conduct student presentations According to the National Committee on Immunization (NEC), chemoprophylaxis will be given to investigators and close contacts in fields where cases have appeared, but wider contacts of patients are also recommended.

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EODY especially emphasizes the great importance of early diagnosis and treatment of meningococcal disease.

Citizens and especially young people should contact a doctor immediately with medical symptoms consistent with the disease (fever and rash).

Physicians should provide immediate treatment and referral to hospital for suspected meningitis.

More information on meningococcal disease is published on the EODY website Bacterial meningitis – National Public Health Organization (eody.gov.gr)