Hepatitis E outbreak in southeastern Chad

An outbreak of hepatitis E has continued since last September in Am Timan in the Salamat region of southeastern Chad. A total of 821 patients with acute jaundice have been reported, and 11 of these, including 3 pregnant women have died.

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Advice For Travellers

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