Hepatitis outbreak in rural Sindh, Pakistan

There are reports of a major outbreak of hepatitis in the rural areas of Sindh, including the Khairpur district. At least 10 deaths have been registered with reports that hundreds of cases from all parts of the district are seeking medical care in local hospitals. Increased consumption of contaminated water is thought to be the principal cause in the increase in the number of infected people. The type of hepatitis is not specified in the report, but hepatitis A may be responsible.

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Although the type of hepatitis is not reported, travellers should be aware that hepatitis A, the most likely cause, is preventable through vaccination. When there is a risk of exposure to hepatitis A virus, travellers can basically eliminate this risk by obtaining the vaccine prior to travelling and by exercising caution and avoiding consuming contaminated food and water.

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