Emergencies preparedness, response

Hepatitis E in Chad - update 2

6 September 2004

Between 26 June and 2 September a total of 1077 cases and 35 deaths (case fatality rate 3.2%) of suspected hepatitis E has been reported from the refugees camps Goz Amer (973 cases; 31 deaths) and Goz Abal (63 cases; 3 deaths) and from the neighboring communities (Koukou, Am-Ouchar, Am -Bitin, Habile, Aradibe)

The WHO investigation team arrived in Koukou near Goz Amer camp on Saturday 2 September. They will identify the risk factors of the disease, and recommend appropriate control measures, including those targeting the water and sanitation.

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