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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 182-184
A study of hepatitis E outbreak in rural area of Western Maharashtra

1 Department of PSM, Shri V. N. Government Medical College, Yavatmal, India
2 Department of PSM, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Karad, India

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Y K Gurav
Department of P.S.M, Shri. VN Govt Medical College, Dist. Yavatmal - 445 001, Maharashatra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0970-0218.36822

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Aim: To study the profile of infective hepatitis cases in the study village. Objective: 1. To study the time, place, and person distribution of hepatitis cases in the study village. 2. To find the source of infection in the study village. Design: Cross-sectional study. Setting: Rethare Khurd village (15 km south of Karad, on bank of River Krishna), over a period of September 4, 2004 to December 5, 2004. Participants: All residents of Rethare Khurd village. Statistical Analysis: Proportions, attack rate, Chi-square test were performed. Results: Total 3749 individuals were surveyed and examined, of which 1920 (51.21%) were males and 1829 (48.78%) were females. Total 8 males and 17 females suffered from infective hepatitis. Blood samples collected from 10 patients for liver function test and serological investigation confirmed a hepatitis E outbreak. Maximum numbers of cases were in the age group of 15-30 years. The overall attack rate was 0.66%. The difference in attack rate of hepatitis of both the sexes was not statistically significant ( P >0.05).Only one ANC had infective hepatitis. Majority of the villagers (61.12%) defecated in the open near the intake well on the bank of River Krishna. Conclusion: This outbreak illustrates the role of the local Government in prevention and control of water borne epidemic and to strengthen the surveillance for water borne diseases in the rural area.

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