Koxaqui virus: what did tourists get sick in Turkey?
In early August, media and social networks reported on Coca-Cola virus that circulates in Turkey and about Ukrainian tourists who became infected. In order to understand how dangerous it is, it is necessary to know about its symptoms and possible consequences. This, of course, is relevant in the summer when the holiday season is still in progress.
What is Koksaki?
Coxsackie is an enterovirus, which is transmitted as an intestinal infection, rarely by airborne droplets. It differs in that it gives a vivid clinical picture due to the presence of rash located on the limbs and in the mouth. In another way, the virus is called “leg-hand-mouth”. Rash resembles bubbles, which then burst and can be covered with ulcers.
UsuallyVirus Koksaki: What sick tourists in Turkey? Symptoms of the Koxa virus manifest in 2-10 days after infection. They include:
increase in body temperature;
rashes on the skin of the legs and arms and on the mucous membranes, which resembles small bubbles that then burst;
nausea, vomiting possible.
The Koaksaki virus is quite stable in the external environment. If a person is at the epicenter of the spread of the virus, she should pay great attention to hygiene: often wash hands, vegetables and fruits thoroughly before use, to disinfect indoors, etc.
You can infect a virus, swimming in reservoirs, and it can also be transmitted by air droplets and tactile routes. Koksaki is the most affected by the gastrointestinal tract, it is rapidly spreading and is easily transmitted from person to person. Activates the virus in the warm season.
Why is the Koksaki virus so dangerous?
Coxsackie virus is isolated among others due to the possible severe consequences for the health of the patient. In children, it often causes a very high body temperature – up to 40 ° C, which can last for more than a week, it is difficult to reduce. Coxsackie can also affect the heart, cause heart failure, myocarditis, pericarditis. If the virus harms the central nervous system, a person may become ill with meningitis, it may be paralysis. Also, lesions can be affected by eyes, lungs, intestines.
Earlier, the Koxaci virus was considered a childhood infectious disease, but now more and more adults are suffering from it. Typical is the infection of all family members.
How to treat Koksaki virus?
Since it is a virus, not a bacterium, it is not treated with antibiotics. Treatment is symptomatic – if the temperature is very high, it should be reduced by paracetamol or ibuprofen. Rash is best treated with antiseptic, rinse your mouth with special solutions that will relieve unpleasant sensations. The bed rest should be followed to minimize the load on all systems and organs, drinking plenty of warm fluid. It takes 5-7 days to develop antibodies against the body’s virus. If the disease proceeds calmly, and the situation is under control, it can be treated at home, provided that the patient’s condition deteriorates sharply, he is sent to the hospital.
Immunity to the Koksaki virus is formed after the disease, but it should be understood that this occurs only in relation to its specific type. If a person becomes infected with the Coxsac virus, but of another type, then it will again experience its symptoms.
So is it safe now to rest in Turkey? It is difficult to answer unequivocally, since the official quarantine has not been announced, but there are cases of infection. If you are planning a vacation, and you do not intend to change plans, you should take a very close look at the issues of personal hygiene and hygiene of children: hands should be washed frequently and thoroughly, showering several times a day, especially after swimming in the pool, hands can not be put to mouth (relevant for children). It is better to refrain from swimming in the pool. In addition, ask your insurance company what exactly insurance covers, where you can seek medical help in case of detecting symptoms of the Koksaki virus, and how much it will cost.