Hepatitis E is risk for humanitarian workers in Sudan

In North Darfur, 34 people have died from hepatitis E in El Sareif since January. Most of the cases of this infection have occurred in the areas of the villages of Abuseniena and Umjamina, where displaced people have settled.

In South Darfur, Medecins Sans Frontieres-Belgium (MSF-B) humanitarian workers reported 51 suspected cases of acute jaundice, perhaps due to hepatitis E, in El Sareif camp for the displaced in Nyala locality.

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

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