The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) in Portugal reported this week that the confirmed hepatitis A case count in the country has risen to 435 cases this year, according to a report (computer translated).

Portugal map/CIA
Portugal map/CIA

The vast majority (88%) of cases were men, and in more than half the virus”had been acquired by unknown means”.

The majority of reported cases (74%) occurred in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region.

In view of the outbreak of hepatitis A, the DGS reinforced vaccination prior to the major summer festivals and advised that preventive measures should be taken during these events and after surveillance for hepatitis A-compatible symptoms.

According to the DGS, since 3 April approximately 3,000 vaccines have been administered, of which 80% are in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley regions, almost all in a pre-exposure context.