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Outbreak of hepatitis affects more than five thousand refugees in South Sudan

Hygiene measures are being concentrated to contain the spread of the disease in Doro, where the first cases emerged

 
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To prevent the proliferation of disease, are excavating emergency latrines, distributing water and hygiene materials
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Efforts are being intensified by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to contain an outbreak of hepatitis that affects more than five thousand refugees in South Sudan, Africa. The agency promotes hygiene actions surrounding areas Doro camp, where appeared the first suspected cases of the disease.

The area is home to approximately 115 000 refugees from violence in the Sudanese state of Blue Nile. To combat cases of the disease are being made excavations emergency latrines and actions like distributing water and hygiene materials, and sanitation to more than 40 thousand refugees.

The agency also coordinates actions to reduce the risk of waterborne diseases with multiple partners. In September 2011, health officials announced an outbreak of hepatitis E in three refugee camps.

The virus causes infection of the liver, and can be transmitted by consumption of contaminated water and food also contaminated with faecal coliforms. The symptomatic infection is more common in young adults, but the virus is higher risk for pregnant women.

Source: Isaude.net
   Palavras-chave:   Hepatitis contamination    South Sudan    Refugees    Africa    IOM    Emergency latrines    Contaminated water    Fecal coliforms   
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