More hepatitis E in India

Another outbreak of hepatitis E has been reported in Kulgam District in South Kashmir. Over 100 infected people have been diagnosed, and new patients are seeking treatment every day. Authorities are blaming contaminated water supplies.

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Advice For Travellers

The risk of exposure to hepatitis E can be very high in areas where water supplies have been contaminated.

Hepatitis E virus generally causes an infection with no or mild symptoms. This virus is transmitted mostly in crowded settings that have contaminated water supplies and poor sanitation and hygiene conditions. Pregnant women suffer disproportionately high mortality from hepatitis E. Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure by following strict water and food safety precautions.

Over 60 percent of all hepatitis E infections and 65 percent of all hepatitis E deaths occur in East and South Asia, where up to 25 percent of some age groups have been infected. In Egypt, half the population older than 5 years has been infected with this virus.

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