Emergencies preparedness, response

Hepatitis E in Chad - update

31 August 2004

Between 26 June and 20 August, a total of 959 cases and 30 deaths of suspected hepatitis E virus (HEV) has been reported from Goz Amer and Goz Beida.

A team composed of 2 epidemiologists and a logistician from WHO, a water and sanitation engineer supported by the French government and an epidemiologist from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, United States are travelling to the affected areas. They will be conducting an epidemiological investigation to identify the source of the infection, strengthen surveillance and evaluate and implement control measures. They will also assess the quality of the water and make recommendations to ensure a clean, safe water supply in these areas.