Nepal | June 07, 2020

Eight test positive for hepatitis A

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Kathmandu: National Public Health Laboratory, Teku, on Sunday confirmed eight hepatitis A cases.

It said of the 15 samples received from Besisahar, Lamjung, eight tested positive for hepatitis A. Of them, five are female and three male.

A team from Epidemiology and Disease Control Division had visited Lamjung after reports of hepatitis outbreak. Samples were collected and brought to Kathmandu for test.

“The patients contracted the disease due to contamination of water and food,” informed Resham Lamichhane, public health officer at EDCD.

“The hepatitis A virus, which causes infection, spreads when a person ingests faecal matter,” informed Dr Bikash Jaishi, DM (hepatology), Liver Unit, Bir Hospital, Kathmandu.

Hepatitis A virus infects liver cells and causes inflammation. The inflammation can impair liver function. Symptoms of hepatitis A include jaundice — yellowing of the skin and eyes, fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine and light-coloured stool.

As the virus transmits from contaminated food and water, doctors have advised people to drink boiled water and eat fresh food.

A version of this article appears in print on September 18, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.

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