Hepatitis E outbreak worsens in Napak district in Uganda

The hepatitis E epidemic in Napak District that began almost a year ago has resulted in at least 1,000 cases and 30 deaths, mostly in pregnant women. Health authorities estimate that the transmission of the disease in the community is still high, especially in the most affected areas of Lorengechora and Iriiri.

Hepatitis E virus generally causes an infection with no or mild symptoms, although it can be severe in pregnant women. It 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.

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