HEPATITIS A - COLOMBIA
The Health Agency of the
Hepatitis A is an infectious disease caused by a virus, hepatitis A virus, that takes its name from the disease and is caused by the ingestion of food or water contaminated with feces, generating a inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis A virus can be spread by contact with people who carry the virus and is most frequently observed in children. Consequently, it is unusual for schools and similar educational institutions to escape infection.
The symptoms of the disease are similar to those of a normal flu, with fever and abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and yellowing of the eyes and skin.
The Social Development Secretariat of the township
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Hepatitis A virus infection is a vaccine-preventable disease. However, in most situations, the transmission of hepatitis A virus can be prevented effectively by provision of clean drinking water together with efficient arrangements for disposal of sewage. In Huila, it is likely that the latter procedures will be the most cost-effective. The pattern of infection in this outbreak suggests water-borne infection by contamination of the local water distribution system rather than a single source of infection
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