Hepatitis A cases hit South Moravia
Hygienists urge people to wash their hands this holiday season
Some 401 people in South Moravia have contracted hepatitis A, and the outbreak is still expanding. It is the largest outbreak of the disease in the area since 1990. Hepatitis A is a virus spread mainly by dirty hands, and hygienists have been recommending that people take particular care to wash their hands properly.
No common source for the infection has been found, and most of the afflicted people are between 25 and 44 years of age, according to Renata Ciupek, director of the anti-epidemic department of the Regional Hygiene Station in Brno, South Moravia.
About a third of the outbreak has been traced to people with “distinctive lifestyles” such as people sharing marijuana cigarettes. But it also cuts across social lines. “Hand washing isn't common among many people that we would expect to do it. Just go to the theater during the break, and it is quite surprising how many ladies after using the toilet not wash their hands,” Ciupek told the media.
The coming of the Christmas markets, which puts people in close contact, is a cause of concern to hygienists. Oversight of public hygiene facilities will be tightened, but consumers at the markets have to be responsible in their actions and wash their hands, and also not share drinking cups or make other similar types of contact.
South Moravia currently has half of the hepatitis cases in the Czech Republic.
The disease is caused by a virus and symptoms usually last several weeks to several months. Patients can have a range of symptoms including vomiting and diarrhea. Patients should follow doctors' advice and eat a balanced diet and consume liquids to replace what is lost. Hygienist Ciupek says infected people should lead a “frugal lifestyle” for at least half a year.
The disease is most dangerous to the elderly and people who have previously had some liver problems. In the United States, for example, the mortality rate for hepatitis A was four deaths per 1,000 cases for the general population, but 17.5 per 1000 in those aged 50 and over.
Smog covers much of the Czech Republic by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: fotolia)
Cold temperatures have trapped dust particles in the air
Flu casualties increase by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: fotolia)
Hospitals in affected areas are banning visits to stop the disease
Flu season starts early by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
A large outbreak of flu is expected sooner than usual
Lower House approves smoking ban by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
The law may take effect in mid-2017 if it is approved by the Senate and president
Dentist Daniela Hájková will see the whole family by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
Finding an English-speaking dentist who will also take children can be difficult
Kiehl's offers a unique approach to skin care by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
The firm that began in 1851 in New York has two outlets in Prague
Salon Petra Měchurová joins Designblok by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
An installation at the salon will explore the heartbeat of the hairdresser
Visit Czech spas as some of their famous guests did before you! by Olena Kagui - Prague.TV (Foto: czechtourism.com)
Inspiration for autumn holidays?
Anti-smoking bill makes new progress by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
A draft law has made its way out of the lower house medical committee
Thyroid Disease Can Cause Long-term Complications by Canadian Medical Care - Prague.TV
Do Not Underestimate Its Visible Symptoms
Don’t miss out on historical low Czech mortgage rates!
Prague City Tours in 23 languages!
Concert Tickets for Prague and Czech Republic
Kids Indoor Playground in Prague 5, OC Zlicin
20 Years of true caring for the international community in...
Dentist in Prague 2
One life. Live it well.
Pharmacy - Prague 4 - Chodov