Written by By Staff Writer, CNN
Russia is enforcing a hospitality curfew from 2020 in order to combat the spread of the a pathogen that has already claimed at least six lives and sickened almost 100 in the country.
The illness, known as mosquito-borne encephalitis syndrome, or CIV, is spread by the bite of a CIV-carrying mosquito.
The restrictions will only be implemented when the disease has a “severe impact” on public health or requires the evacuation of people from an area.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday that CIV cases in Russia have skyrocketed, from 17 in 2010 to around 100 cases in 2014. These numbers have been consistently above 80 cases per year since 2015.
In recent years, the disease, which is caused by a virus known as nigrane virus, has most commonly been found in Russia’s Far East.
Much of Russia’s epidemic affected remote Sakhalin Island, and CIV victims have been hospitalized for illnesses that range from hip fractures to paralysis.
Two percent of victims have died. Of these, at least 6 people were infected with Nigrane virus.
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