Hepatitis E outbreak in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh State, India, largets in history

The outbreak of hepatitis E in Shimla is turning out to be the largest in Indian history, with estimates that as many as 10,000 people have been infected. Official estimates state there have been 10 deaths and 1,600 people infected. Contaminated water supplies are blamed for the outbreak.

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Advice For Travellers

Hepatitis E virus generally causes an infection with no or mild symptoms. It usually resolves in 4-6 weeks with no special treatment. This virus is transmitted mostly in crowded settings that have contaminated water supplies and poor sanitation and hygiene conditions. Pregnant women suffer disproportionately high mortality from hepatitis E. Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure by following strict water and food safety precautions.

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