Outbreak of hepatitis E in Chad

During the past few months, an outbreak of hepatitis E involving a total of 693 cases including 11 deaths has been reported in the town of Am Timan. The 11 deaths occurred in hospitalized patients. The number of registered deaths does not include people who might have died outside the hospital. Of the 16 pregnant women who were hospitalized, 4 have died.

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Advice For Travellers

Hepatitis E virus generally causes an infection with mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. It usually resolves in 4-6 weeks with no special treatment. This virus is transmitted mostly in crowded populations with contaminated water supplies and a lack of sanitation. Pregnant women suffer disproportionately high mortality from hepatitis E. Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure by following strict water and food safety precautions.