|As you know, on the 22nd of August 2013, a 15 year-old boy, Temirbek Isakunov, who was diagnosed with a form of bubonic plague died at the Ak- Suu territorial Hospital, Ichke – Jergez village, Kyrgyzstan.
Immediately after that, numerous publications of a deconstructive nature have appeared in the media, mainly in foreign ones. These publications particularly point out that the death of an Issyk- Kul Oblast [a region in Kyrgyzstan the aforementioned village belongs to] resident could "turn into an epidemic" and that "Kyrgyzstan is a real threat to the security of neighboring states".
This kind of publications have the task of discrediting Kyrgyzstan and damaging the image of our country as one of the tourist centers of the region and the whole CIS.
In pursuit of sensation and not having full information about what is happening in the Issyk-Kul region, the journalists deliberately misinform their audience.
In this regard, we would like to remind that right after the incident, a special crisis center was established, and the officials of the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic have been sent to the Ichke – Jergez village and nearby communities of the Ak- Suu District.
Currently, 162 persons who have had contacts with the deceased are receiving prophylactic antibiotic therapy and are under the constant supervision of physicians.
At the moment, the Ichke – Jergez village health workers vaccinate villagers and undertake other preventive measures. Test systems for the diagnosis of disease and drugs for medical institutions are provided in sufficient quantity.
In general, the epidemiological situation in the given region is stable, controllable, and there is no necessity in introducing a quarantine neither in the Ak-Suu district nor in the Issyk-Kul Oblast.
In this regard, the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic officially states that the tragic incident that occurred in the Ichke – Jergez village is not a real threat to the epidemiological situation for neighboring countries, as well as for residents of Kyrgyzstan.
The current situation in the Ak-Suu district is under the supervision of physicians and epidemiologists of the country, and there is no reason for concern and aggravation of the situation both by local residents and the international community.
Information Activities Department of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic