Hepatitis in Cuttack, Odisha, India

A new outbreak of jaundice (hepatitis) has been reported in the Millennium City [Cuttack, Odisha]. So far, 9 people have been affected by jaundice at Matha Sahi in Ward 8. Consumption of contaminated drinking water due to sewage leakage in pipelines close to drains is blamed for this outbreak. Water samples have already been collected from the affected locality and sent to laboratory for testing. Earlier this year, from April to May, there was an outbreak of jaundice involving 60 cases.

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Advice For Travellers

Both hepatitis A and hepatitis E are transmitted by consumption of water that has been contaminated with sewage. Since it appears that the municipal water supply has been contaminated in the area of the outbreak, travellers can minimize the risk of exposure by avoiding consumption of municipal water. Travellers should drink only commercial bottled water.