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Published On: Sat, Feb 2nd, 2013

Update: Doctors Without Borders treats nearly 4,000 refugees for hepatitis E in South Sudan

In a follow up to a report earlier this week, the epidemic of hepatitis E is escalating across refugee camps in South Sudan’s Maban County, according to a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) report Feb. 1.

The report notes that MSF has to date treated 3,991 patients in its health facilities in the camps and has recorded 88 deaths, including 15 pregnant women. This is up from the 3,319 people infected and 69 deaths that were reported by the UNHCR one week ago.

“We have been doing everything we can to care for people with hepatitis E, but there is no treatment for the disease,” says Dr. José-Luis Dvorzak, MSF Medical Coordinator in Maban County. “We suspect this outbreak is far from over, and many more people will die.”

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