Hepatitis E continues to be a major problem in Sudan

The number of hepatitis E cases in South Darfur and Blue Nile states of Sudan has risen to more than 700 confirmed cases. Many of these, but not all, cases have occurred in several refugee camps. In Blue Nile state, more than 80 cases have been reported. The actual number of people infected with the hepatitis virus may be much higher, as this is an area with a large population and most of the cases go unreported as people seek traditional treatments.

Hepatitis E virus generally causes an infection with no or mild symptoms and usually resolves in 4-6 weeks with no special treatment. Since this virus is transmitted mostly through contaminated drinking water, travellers can reduce the risk of exposure by following strict water and food safety precautions. Workers in refugee camps are at high risk during outbreaks.

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