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I wonder who could have possibly poisoned the water?

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HEPATITIS, VIRAL - PAKISTAN: (SINDH) FATAL

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Date: Tue 9 Jun 2009

Source: Regional Times [edited] <http://regionaltimes.com/09jun2009/heartlandnews/4person.htm>

 

4 persons die of hepatitis, 460 other cases reported in New Saeedabad

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Due to consumption of contaminated water in village Jan Muhammad Jamali near New Saeedabad [Matiari District, Sindh], 4 people have died, while 460 others have been diagnosed with hepatitis. The Regional Times learnt on Monday [8 Jun 2009] that after an outbreak of diarrhea, which killed 3 persons in village Jan Muhammad Jamali a few days ago, the deadly disease of hepatitis has spread due to consumption of contaminated water. In this regard, it was learnt that 4 villagers have died in a few days, while 460 other hepatitis positive cases have also been reported.

However, health department Sindh has decided to establish an emergency hepatitis vaccination camp in village Jan Muhammad Jamali on Tuesday (today [9 Jun 2009]). It is worthwhile to mention that Sindh minister for health has taken serious notice of the matter and directed the EDO [executive district officer] Health to provide better health facilities to the villagers. The Sindh minister for health has also initiated an inquiry into the outbreak of hepatitis and appointed special secretary public health as inquiry officer. The minister also directed the inquiry officer to present a report within 3 days.

[byline: Danish Memon]

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ProMED-mail Rapporteur Brent Barrett

[This report does not indicate which etiological agent is involved in this hepatitis outbreak. A 2007 report quoted Dr Sharif Ahmad Khan, the national programme manager for prevention and control of hepatitis, who said the percentage of hepatitis B in the country was about 3-4 percent while those infected with hepatitis C reached 5-6 percent. "There are 5 types of hepatitis: A, B, C, D, and E." "Hepatitis A and E occur due to consumption of unhygienic food or contaminated water..." (see ProMED-mail archive no. 20070306.0796).

Sindh Province can be located on the map of Pakistan at <http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/middle_east_and_asia/pakistan_pol_2002.jpg>

The HealthMap/ProMED-mail interactive map of Pakistan can be accessed at <http://healthmap.org/r/00tz>. - Mod.TY]

[see also:

HIV/AIDS & hepatitis, barbers - Pakistan (Islamabad) 20070521.1630 2007

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HIV/AIDS & hepatitis, barbers - Pakistan (Islamabad) 20070521.1630 Hepatitis, viral - Pakistan 20070306.0796 2006

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Hepatitis B and C, barbers - Pakistan (Islamabad) (02) 20061216.3536 Hepatitis B and C, barbers - Pakistan (Islamabad) 20061215.3529] ...................................dk/ty/mj/dk

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On the one hand I'm kind of happy because every single pakistani person I've met in my life has been a complete fucking dickhead, but then again I don't really condone giving people diseases so this is pretty bad.

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