Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Hepatitis A cases skyrocket in Yucatán in 2014

No chlorination of water supplies is suspected

Mérida, Yucatán -
Diagnosed cases of Hepatitis A, an infectious disease of the liver which typically results from poor sanitation and feces-contaminated food and water, rose sharply in the state through Sept. 1 according to the capital city's main daily, Diario de Yucatán.

The failure by state municipios, or counties, to adequately chlorinate reservoirs in local water districts may be the reason, the paper reported in its morning edition today. Yucatán has 106 municipios, each with an administrative center (county seat) and commonly other towns as well.

As the state health department chart below illustrates, Yucatán easily leads Mexico's 32 entities in HEP A statistics, with 1,015 cases to date in 2014, or roughly 45 per 100,000 residents. The national average is 8.2.

Hepatitis A can easily be transmitted by contact with an infected person, even by one who presents without symptoms.

Jan. 4 - Dengue Fever still claims lives in Mérida, but far fewer
Feb. 24 - Dengue Fever ranking has Jalisco authorities concerned
Mar. 16 - Mexican public health expert warns of Dengue outbreak
June 27 - Mexican health officials report first diagnosed case of Dengue-like virus in Jalisco
Sept. 4 - Mexico a major player in Dengue Fever vaccine trials

Downtown Mérida, where the concept of storm sewers is unknown - September 2010

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