Hepatitis E outbreak in Diffa: 876 suspected cases, including 186 pregnant women admitted to hospital

In southeastern Niger, the hepatitis E outbreak declared two months ago is particularly affecting pregnant women. Of the 186 women admitted to the main maternal and paediatric health centre in the town of Diffa[1], 34 died of severe complications related to the disease. Of the 876 cases of hepatitis E reported on 11 June, the majority are displaced people and refugees, 247,900 according to the authorities. As the disease spreads mainly through contaminated water, the current outbreak highlights poor water and sanitation conditions and the lack of adequate sanitation facilities among these people, already affected by the violence of the ongoing conflict between Boko Haram and the armies of the region.

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