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Namibia: Hepatitis E Outbreak


RPS Partnership - 15 February 2018

A new alert has just come in which we think you may wish to be aware of, if you are travelling in Africa. Contract us on info@rpspartnership.com for all your travel security questions and training. Whilst the outbreak started in December last year, it is only now that it is gaining publicity. 

New Alert - Namibia: Hepatitis E Outbreak 

On 18 December 2017, the Namibian Ministry of Health notified WHO of an outbreak of hepatitis E occurring in Windhoek, the capital and largest city.

On 19 October 2017, a hospital in Windhoek began registering patients with signs of acute viral hepatitis who tested negative for hepatitis A, B, and C, which are commonly diagnosed at the local laboratory.

Twenty-seven samples from these patients were sent to a private laboratory for hepatitis E testing.

As of 20 December 2017, nine tested positive, five negative, twelve are pending, and one is missing. One death (case fatality rate 3.7%) has been reported; a woman who died four days after giving birth.

Twenty-six patients (96%) were reported from six residential areas in Windhoek district; one was reported from Rehoboth district. Eight of the nine confirmed cases were residents of the Havana informal settlement in Windhoek. (WHO, 22 Dec 2017)

The capital city of Windhoek is on high alert after an outbreak of Hepatitis E that has claimed three lives, while 554 people are undergoing treatment.

Namibia has been battling Hepatitis E since mid-December 2017, after the first cases were detected in an informal settlement of Windhoek.

The number has since been rising steadily. (IFRC, 9 Feb 2018)

Contact us if you need more information or plan to travel to the region on info@rpspartnershp.com

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