Major hepatitis A outbreak due to contaminated river water in Terengganu Sultanate, Malaysia

An outbreak of hepatitis A has resulted in 800 infected people in three villages in Hulu
Terengganu district. Consumption of contaminated water from the Sungai Kecur River is felt to be the source. The affected villages include Kampung Basung, Kampung Pasir Dula and Padang Setebu.

Travellers in this area should be aware of the risk of exposure to hepatitis A virus and avoid consuming contaminated food and water. Careful personal hygiene is recommended as well as vaccination against hepatitis A.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Hepatitis A.

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