One dead, nine test positive for Hepatitis E

One dead, nine test positive for Hepatitis E

The Ministry of Health has declared an outbreak of Hepatitis E, for the first time in 34 years, after nine patients tested positive for the disease.
So far one person has died. The deceased was a 26-year-old pregnant woman who died immediately after giving birth. The baby survived.
Most patients are from Windhoek’s informal settlements.
Twenty-six people were tested and eight cases are yet to be confirmed.
Hepatitis E is a liver disease caused by the Hepatitis E virus (HEV) usually resulting in acute illness and is spread by feacally contaminated water or through the consumption of uncooked or under cooked meat.
The public is urged to take precautions by keeping living areas clean, drinking purified or boiled water and exercise proper disposal of faecal matter.
Response efforts by the ministry are under way, including general public mobilisation.
Common symptoms are:
Feeling tired.
Losing weight without trying.
Nausea and loss of appetite.
Pain on the right side of the belly.
Yellow skin.
Dark urine, and clay-coloured stool.
Sore muscles.
Fever.