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September 19, 2021

PM Ciolos: Child disease peak passed, investigation going on at Pitesti Pediatric Hospital

Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos said on Friday, at the Pediatric Hospital in Pitesti, Arges County that “big problems have passed” in the case of several sick babies, yet investigation must carry on to identify the source of the epidemic.

“Major problems have passed. There are a few babies hospitalized in Bucharest, at the Marie Curie Hospital, but I understand that major problems are gone. We must address two things, which we should make clear: the source, the cause of this epidemic (…) I understand work is in progress, the cause is not found yet. It’s very curious, since they are children, patients coming from different areas, and yet with the same problem. The investigation is going on,” said Ciolos. The second thing he wants cleared is the flow of information among institutions.

The Premier declared himself “surprised” that the County Sanitary Directorate has learned from the media about the case of the ill babies and asked the Health Minister, Patriciu Achimas-Cadariu to take measures so that “the existing rules be observed.”

Three children died so far of hemolytic uremic syndrome in the Marie Curie Hospital of Bucharest; seven are still under treatment there, none anymore in life-threatening condition, according to the latest report of physicians on Friday.

All cases come from Arges County, where 42 children were hospitalised a couple of days ago for diarrhoeal diseases. Epidemiological studies so far did not find a common cause.

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