By NewsDesk    @infectiousdiseasenews

Alajuela, Costa Rica

The Costa Rica Ministry of Health reports (computer translated) the outbreak of Hepatitis A (HAV) in the canton of Alajuela continues. As of June 28, there are 140 cases of HAV laboratory confirmed this year, 43  in June.

The patients were treated at the San Rafael Hospital in Alajuela, as well as in EBAIS.

Water analysis showed that it is suitable for human consumption, however, health personnel continue epidemiological research to determine risk factors, individual and collective, and sources of transmission, in addition to house-to-house teaching material on measures of prevention.

Hepatitis A is a viral disease that is transmitted from person to person by fecal-oral route, and in some cases, as in children under 6 years, it is usual for the infection to asymptomatic or with very mild symptoms.

The main symptoms presented by the affected patients were malaise, jaundice, nausea, coluria (bile in the urine), anorexia, vomiting, acolia (discoloration of the stool), diarrhea and fever.

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