Notes from the field: Hepatitis E Outbreak Among Refugees from South Sudan - Gambella, Ethiopia, April 2014- January 2015

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/556421
Title:
Notes from the field: Hepatitis E Outbreak Among Refugees from South Sudan - Gambella, Ethiopia, April 2014- January 2015
Authors:
Browne, L B; Menkir, Z; Kahi, V; Maina, G; Asnakew, S; Tubman, M; Elyas, H Z; Nigatu, A; Dak, D; Maung, U A; Nakao, J H; Bilukha, O; Shahpar, C
Journal:
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Abstract:
In early April 2014, two South Sudanese refugees in the Gambella region of western Ethiopia experienced acute onset of jaundice, accompanied by fever. One patient was a pregnant woman aged 24 years evaluated at a routine prenatal clinic visit in Leitchour refugee camp. The second patient was a malnourished boy aged 1 year who resided in Tierkidi refugee camp. The boy died despite hospitalization. During the last 2 weeks of May, four more cases of acute jaundice syndrome (AJS), defined as yellow discoloration of the eyes, were detected in Leitchuor. By mid-June, an additional 50 AJS cases were reported across three large camps in the region, Kule, Leitchuor, and Tierkidi, with 45 (90%) of these cases reported in Leitchuor. Sera collected from a convenience sample of 21 AJS cases were sent to Addis Ababa and Nairobi for real-time polymerase chain reaction testing; 12 (57%) were positive for hepatitis E virus (HEV) RNA. By January 2015, a total of 1,117 suspected cases of hepatitis E meeting the case definition of AJS were reported among refugees in camps across Gambella.
Publisher:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Issue Date:
22-May-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/556421
PubMed ID:
25996097
Language:
en
ISSN:
1545-861X
Appears in Collections:
Emergencies/refugees

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorBrowne, L Ben_GB
dc.contributor.authorMenkir, Zen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKahi, Ven_GB
dc.contributor.authorMaina, Gen_GB
dc.contributor.authorAsnakew, Sen_GB
dc.contributor.authorTubman, Men_GB
dc.contributor.authorElyas, H Zen_GB
dc.contributor.authorNigatu, Aen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDak, Den_GB
dc.contributor.authorMaung, U Aen_GB
dc.contributor.authorNakao, J Hen_GB
dc.contributor.authorBilukha, Oen_GB
dc.contributor.authorShahpar, Cen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2015-06-04T12:11:30Z-
dc.date.available2015-06-04T12:11:30Z-
dc.date.issued2015-05-22-
dc.identifier.citationNotes from the field: hepatitis e outbreak among refugees from South Sudan - gambella, ethiopia, april 2014-january 2015. 2015, 64 (19):537 MMWR Morb. Mortal. Wkly. Rep.en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1545-861X-
dc.identifier.pmid25996097-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10144/556421-
dc.description.abstractIn early April 2014, two South Sudanese refugees in the Gambella region of western Ethiopia experienced acute onset of jaundice, accompanied by fever. One patient was a pregnant woman aged 24 years evaluated at a routine prenatal clinic visit in Leitchour refugee camp. The second patient was a malnourished boy aged 1 year who resided in Tierkidi refugee camp. The boy died despite hospitalization. During the last 2 weeks of May, four more cases of acute jaundice syndrome (AJS), defined as yellow discoloration of the eyes, were detected in Leitchuor. By mid-June, an additional 50 AJS cases were reported across three large camps in the region, Kule, Leitchuor, and Tierkidi, with 45 (90%) of these cases reported in Leitchuor. Sera collected from a convenience sample of 21 AJS cases were sent to Addis Ababa and Nairobi for real-time polymerase chain reaction testing; 12 (57%) were positive for hepatitis E virus (HEV) RNA. By January 2015, a total of 1,117 suspected cases of hepatitis E meeting the case definition of AJS were reported among refugees in camps across Gambella.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherCenters for Disease Control and Preventionen_GB
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reporten_GB
dc.titleNotes from the field: Hepatitis E Outbreak Among Refugees from South Sudan - Gambella, Ethiopia, April 2014- January 2015en
dc.identifier.journalMorbidity and Mortality Weekly Reporten_GB

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