Major hepatitis outbreak in Pakistan

Hundreds of cases of hepatitis A have been reported in an outbreak of the disease in the valley district of Swat in northern Pakistan. Hospital wards are reported to be full of hepatitis patients. Travellers should be aware that hepatitis A is preventable through vaccination. When there is a risk of exposure to hepatitis A virus, travellers can reduce this risk by obtaining the vaccine prior to travelling and by exercising caution and avoiding consuming contaminated food and water.

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