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Belarus warns of hepatitis A spread in Europe

The countries of Europe (the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, etc.) have an unfavorable epidemiological situation in terms of the spread of viral hepatitis A, which does not exclude the risk of the disease being brought to Belarus, the Sanitary and Epidemiological Service of Minsk said.

According to the epidemiologists, since the beginning of 2017, 5,983 cases of viral hepatitis A have been registered in 14 European countries (the Czech Republic, Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Holland, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain). Just to compare: from 2007 to 2016, only 2,506 cases were registered.

The highest number of cases from January to August of 2017 was registered in Spain - 2,639 (for the same period of 2016 - 325), Poland - 572 (in 2016 - 20), Germany - 589 (in 2016 - 430), Czech Republic - 271 (in 2016 - 317), and the Netherlands - 114 (in 2016 - 20).

The Sanitary and Epidemiological Service of Minsk advises Belarusians who are leaving for these countries:

- use boiled or bottled water for drinking (don't use ice for drinks), washing fruits and vegetables;

- do not eat raw and insufficiently thermally processed fish and seafood;

- do not buy food from street and casual merchants;

- when swimming in open reservoirs, swimming pools, avoid ingress of water into the oral cavity;

- follow the rules of personal hygiene, wash hands thoroughly.

Hepatitis A is an infectious liver disease caused by the type A virus, transmitted from person to person. The mechanism of transmission is fecal and oral.

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Belarus warns of hepatitis A spread in Europe