The Costa Rica Ministry of Health reports a 212 percent increase in total hepatitis cases through July 8this year compared to the same period in 2022.
1,009 hepatitis cases were reported during this period in 2023 compared to 323 cases reported in 2022.
Of the total cases reported in 2023, 838 correspond to hepatitis A, which is the most common among Costa Ricans. For its part, hepatitis B registered a total of 101 cases. Likewise, a total of 70 unclassified cases of hepatitis are recorded.
Hepatitis is an inflammatory disease that affects the liver, among the causes reported include viral, bacterial, immune or toxic infections.
Typical symptoms of hepatitis include yellowing of the skin and eyes, dark urine, extreme fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Chronic infection can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure, or liver cancer.
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