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Hepatitis A outbreak: Symptoms of viral infection spreading across UK and Europe

A HEPATITIS A outbreak has stretched to 22 European countries since the end of September – including England and Wales – and has affected almost 1,000 people. These are the signs and symptoms to watch out for.

There has been 950 confirmed cases of hepatitis A across Europe since September 29, warned the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Twenty two countries were affected by the outbreak, including England, Wales, France, Germany and Italy.

Since the outbreak started in June 2016, 3,813 cases of hepatitis A have been confirmed. March 2017 had the highest number of reported cases so far, with 507, ECDC said.

The viral infection was mainly affecting “men that have sex with men”, added the European health watchdog.

“As of December 18 2017, the monthly number of laboratory-confirmed cases remain significantly higher than in previous years,” said ECDC.

“Although decreasing in its intensity, the outbreak is still ongoing.

 

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