Hepatitis kills 67, infects 4,000, in north Uganda

State Minister for Health Emmanuel Otala said the disease had hit the Kitgum, Pader and Gulu districts, where most residents still live in congested camps following a two-decade civil war.

Hepatitis kills 67, infects 4,000, in north Uganda
An outbreak of highly infectious hepatitis E has killed 67 people in northern Uganda since late last year and made more than 4,000 others ill, a government official said on Monday.

State Minister for Health Emmanuel Otala said the disease had hit the Kitgum, Pader and Gulu districts, where most residents still live in congested camps following a two-decade civil war.

"We have 4,127 people who are hospitalised with hepatitis E and we have registered 67 deaths since the disease hit the region late last year," Otala told Reuters.

"Over 80 per cent of the people who have died are pregnant women and children, because they have has very low immunity." Hepatitis E is similar to hepatitis A, and is usually transmitted via contaminated food. Northern Uganda suffers from an acute lack of clean water and pit latrines.

Reuters
Last Mod: 08 Temmuz 2008, 11:25
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