Public talk on Hepatitis E outbreak on Thursday

07 Feb 2018 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 07 FEB (NAMPA) – The outbreak of the Hepatitis E virus (HEV) in Namibia will come under the microscope here on Thursday during an extensive discussion on the matter.
The discussion will follow a public talk presented by Thomas Handzel, an expert in water, sanitation and hygiene interventions implemented in HEV outbreaks.
The presentation will be titled ‘Responding to Hepatitis E outbreaks: The importance of good epidemiology.’
A media statement issued by the Namibia Scientific Society on Wednesday said the talk will review some of the recent outbreaks that have occurred in other parts of Africa and investigations conducted that have looked at how the virus is transmitted.
Handzel, according to the statement, is an epidemiologist in the Emergency Response and Recovery Branch in the Division of Global Health Protection at the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
HEV is one of the leading causes of acute hepatitis worldwide and has been responsible for several large outbreaks in Africa, including the current outbreak in Namibia.
Several of the outbreaks have occurred among displaced populations and have been difficult to control resulting in prolonged transmission.
HEV generally affects adults and is especially dangerous to pregnant women.
About 490 cases of Hepatitis E have been reported since the outbreak of the virus in the Khomas Region in October 2017.