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Romanian Health Officials Probe Hepatitis-A Outbreak

by VR Sreeraman on August 8, 2007 at 2:31 PM
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Romanian Health Officials Probe Hepatitis-A Outbreak

Health officials have launched an investigation after some 50 teenagers in the same village were hospitalised with what is thought to be Hepatitis-A, officials sources said Tuesday.

Tests have already confirmed that 32 children have contracted the disease, said a health official in the Iasi district in the northeast of the country. The results on the other children are pending.

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The teenagers, aged 12 to 14 years, are all from the northeastern village of Lungani. Authorities vaccinated 720 children in the village against the Hepatitis-A virus after the first children were hospitalised.

Although the inquiry is ongoing, preliminary investigated has suggested that a lack of good hygiene could have been behind the outbreak.

Hepatitis-A is a infectious disease of the liver that can be transmitted through contaminated food or water and thrives in unhygienic conditions. Its symptoms typically include fever, fatigue, abdominal pain and jaundice.

Source: AFP
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