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Pregnant Women In Nepal At Risk Of Hepatitis E; Experts Recommend Prevention Strategies

The Guardian: Doctors call for hepatitis E vaccine in Nepal to save hundreds of women
“A group of eminent doctors have called for urgent measures to introduce a vaccine against hepatitis E infection into Nepal, where they say the lives of hundreds of women are at risk…” (Boseley, 6/17).

The Lancet: Nepali earthquakes and the risk of an epidemic of hepatitis E
“…To minimize risk to human health, we recommend: first, deploy an active surveillance mechanism to identify cases of hepatitis E using point-of-care testing; second, the Ministry of Health of Nepal should initiate a request for HEV239 vaccine, and pre-emptively build a local reserve of vaccine doses; third, development of targeted deployment strategies and guidelines for the use of HEV239 on the basis of identification of high-risk populations and the available organizational capacity for safe implementation and monitoring of outcomes…” (Basnyat et al., 6/16).

Reuters: Hepatitis E outbreak looms in quake-hit Nepal, deadly for pregnant women
“…Tens of thousands of survivors of the South Asian country’s worst disaster on record are at ‘very high’ risk of facing an outbreak of the liver disease, which spreads through water contaminated with feces, researchers said in the Lancet medical journal…” (Caspani, 6/18).