By Confidente Reporter
AN international scientist and epidemiologist, Thomas Handzel will make a brief visit to Namibia to advise how Namibia can best respond to the Hepatitis E outbreak, which has claimed three lives so far.
Namibia has been heavily-hit by the virus, 550 cases have been reported since the outbreak was declared in Windhoek towards the end of last year.
President Hage Geingob recently visited the Havana informal settlement which alone is responsible for 284 of the Hepatitis E recorded cases due to the filthy and deplorable living conditions there and called for stringent control of the influx in cities.
Reportedly, Havana is followed by yet another informal settlement, Goreangab with 144 cases and Hakahana with 21 cases
The virus a is liver disease caused by drinking faecal contaminated water and environmental contamination due to poor sanitation.
It generally affects adults and is especially dangerous to pregnant women. Handzel who works in the Emergency Response and Recovery Branch (ERRB) in the Division of Global Health Protection will is expected to deliver his talk on the importance of good epidemiology, responding to the virus, this week at the Namibia Scientific Society.
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