Hepatitis E kills refugees in South Sudan

Last updated 00:05 16/02/2013

Relevant offers

Africa

Swaziland 'Reed Dance' festival continues despite calls to mourn dead girls Boko Haram murder 56 in remote Nigerian village Amal Clooney says Al Jazeera, Peter Greste guilty verdict 'sends a dangerous message' Egypt sentences 3 Al-Jazeera reporters to 3 years in prison Boat packed with migrants sinks off Libya; 82 dead, 100 more missing Oscar Pistorius' parole hearing set for September 18 South Sudan president Salva Kiir reluctantly signs peace deal Tourist guide mauled to death by lion in same park where Cecil was killed Ebola survivors are not OK The nun who brings hope to one of the world's most dangerous places for women

The United Nations says an outbreak of hepatitis E has killed 111 refugees in camps in South Sudan since July, and has become endemic in the region.

UN refugee agency spokesman Adrian Edwards says the influx of people to the camps from neighbouring Sudan is believed to be one of the factors in the rapid spread of the contagious, life-threatening inflammatory viral disease of the liver.

Edwards said Friday that the camps have been hit by 6,017 cases of hepatitis E, which is spread through contaminated food and water.

He says the largest number of cases and suspected cases is in the Yusuf Batil camp in Upper Nile state, which houses 37,229 refugees fleeing fighting between rebels and the Sudanese government.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content