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Dysentery Cases Double Overnight From Bad Milk at Summer Camp

July 4, 1996

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) _ A dysentery outbreak in northeastern Ukraine infected 565 people, mostly children who fell ill after drinking spoiled milk at a summer camp.

At least one child was in critical condition Thursday, said Anatoly Voloshin, spokesman for Ukraine’s Health Ministry.

The first cases of dysentery were reported June 28 in the city of Shostka, 140 miles northeast of Kiev. The number of people hospitalized doubled by Sunday, and soared from 271 to 565 on Thursday.

The children were infected by milk products from a local dairy plant, according to a government commission set up to investigate the outbreak. The plant has been closed for sanitary violations, Voloshin said Thursday.

``We have absolutely not enough space in hospitals, none of the necessary medicine. But we’re doing everything we can to overcome the outbreak,″ he said.

Doctors said it was the largest outbreak of dysentery in the region in at least 20 years.

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