Lebanon Is Witnessing A Rapid Rise In Hepatitis A Cases


On Tuesday, Lebanon’s Health Ministry confirmed 381 new Hepatitis A cases within two days, bringing the total number to 555.

The outbreak began in Tripoli where 174 cases were reported on Monday.

The Health Ministry issued a statement declaring that the outbreak resulted from a mixture of sewage and drinking water.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), symptoms of Hepatitis A include “fever, malaise, loss of appetite, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal discomfort, dark-colored urine, and jaundice.”

Youssef Bakhash, Head of the Syndicates of Physicians in Lebanon, believes that the disease is spreading rapidly in the country, and has urged the government to implement a vaccination campaign.

The Health Ministry assured that it “is currently seeking to provide this vaccine in cooperation with international organizations for use to curb similar outbreaks.”

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