Namibia – Hepatitis E outbreak tops 600

Outbreak News Today

Since early Sep. 2017,  Namibia has reported 643 hepatitis E cases, including 50 that are laboratory confirmed. Three women died post-delivery.

Most cases have been reported from informal settlements within the capital, Windhoek, with 332 (52%) cases reported from Havana and 168 (26%) from Goreagab informal settlements.

An estimated 89% of the population of these two areas use communal water points and 62% practice open defecation

The Ministry of Health has fully funded a national outbreak response plan and procurement of materials for outbreak response is ongoing.

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