On the eve of World Hepatitis Day which is marked on July 28, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) released the number of hepatitis cases reported in the city. There are 128 cases of hepatitis which were reported till in the month of July (until July 26). Speaking about the number of increasing cases of hepatitis, BMC’s Executive Health Officer, Dr Padmaja Keskar said, “These are the cases of mostly hepatitis A and E. In this season we see get cases of A and E people are advised to exercise proper precaution in order to not get the infection.”
Hepatitis A and E remains to be a life threating disease for pregnant women. According to a report released by the BMC’s health department, 135 pregnant women lost their lives to due to the hepatitis A and E infection in last the three years.
In 2014-15, 319 cases of maternal deaths were registered, of which 42 were due to hepatitis A and E. In 2015-16, there were 311 maternal deaths, out of which 44 were of hepatitis A and E. In 2016-17, till December 2016, we have registered 237 maternal deaths, of which 49 were due to hepatitis A and E.
“Pregnant women are at a high risk of hepatitis A and E. They should take immense care of themselves. They should wash their hands properly before eating anything and should avoid outside food and beverages. It will help them to prevent the hepatitis infection,” said Dr Komal Chavan, Gynaecologist and Assistant Honorary at Dr R N Cooper Hospital and HBT Medical College
Hepatitis A and E are a viral infection that is transmitted via fecal-oral route. The symptoms include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, high fever, yellow discolouration of eyes and urine.