Hepatitis A Prevention Strategies, Haiti Case: Should Rescuers Be Immunized

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GhA Ghorbani 1 , N Mahboobi 1 , KB Lankarani 2 , SM Alavian 3 , *

1 Department of Infectious Disease, Baqiyatollah Research Center for Gastrroenterology and Liver Disease, Tehran, Iran

2 Health Policy Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Fars, Iran

3 Professor of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Director of Baqiyatallah Research Center, Gastroenterology and Liver Disease, PO Box 14155/3651, [email protected], Tehran, Iran

How to Cite: Ghorbani G, Mahboobi N, Lankarani K, Alavian S. Hepatitis A Prevention Strategies, Haiti Case: Should Rescuers Be Immunized, Iran Red Crescent Med J. Online ahead of Print ; 12(3):221-223.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal: 12 (3); 221-223
Article Type: Editorial
Received: February 7, 2010
Accepted: March 10, 2010

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Abstract

Hepatitis A virus (HAV), a small non-enveloped RNA virus from Picornaviridea family, causes approximately 1.5 million cases of acute hepatitis each year, and is still a major world health problem especially in developing countries. As the risk of getting infected by HAV increases at the time of crisis such as earthquakes, we tried to perform a brief review on current situation of HAV in Haiti, a country that experienced an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale recently, and that it might be in danger of experiencing outbreaks of enterically transmittable infective agents such as HAV.

 

Keywords

Hepatitis A Haiti Crisis Prevention

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