Namibia reports 8,045 Hepatitis E cases since outbreak in 2017

Hepatitis E
Hepatitis E

Namibia has recorded 8,045 Hepatitis E (HEV) cases since the outbreak began in December 2017, a health ministry situation report has said.

The report said the figures include 2,108 laboratory-confirmed cases, 4,745 Epi-linked cases, and 1,192 suspected cases.

“The majority of HEV cases, 5,733 are among the age group 20-39. Few cases, 16 were recorded among under one year. The majority of the cases are among males (4,764 cases) compared to females (3,281 cases),” the report said.

According to the report, during 2020, five HEV deaths were recorded. No death has been reported during 2021.

Namibia declared an HEV outbreak on Dec. 14, 2017, in Windhoek, Khomas region. The outbreak continued in Windhoek, and spread to other regions around April 2018, eventually involving a total of 13 regions with an exception of the Zambezi region. Enditem

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