Death from hepatitis B raises concerns in Nakapiripirit, Uganda

One death due to hepatitis B has been reported in Nakapiripirit district. It is unknown how many infectious but non-fatal cases may exist in the community since many infected people may not seek health care for this infection and are not reported to health care authorities. Travellers should be aware that hepatitis B is preventable through vaccination. When there is a risk of exposure to hepatitis B virus, travellers can reduce this risk by exercising caution and avoiding contact with body fluids, unscreened blood transfusions and unsterilized needles and syringes.

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