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Viral hepatitis A infection amidst Covid-19 outbreak in central part of Sri Lanka

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K. D. S. T. Abeywardana ,

National Hospital, Kandy, LK
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M. A. R. V. Muthugala

National Hospital, Kandy, LK
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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused resource depletion and a shift in priorities in the public health system, impacting the control of other communicable diseases of  public interest. Hepatitis A virus is a notifiable disease transmitted through faeco-oral transmission. We conducted a retrospective analysis of patients with a clinical diagnosis of hepatitis whose specimens were submitted to the Virology Laboratory of the National Hospital, Kandy, from January 2019 to December 2021. During pre-pandemic time 28 (4.4%) were positive for hepatitis A, while it was 86 (10.2%) during the pandemic. There was a statistically significant difference in incidence between the two cohorts (p < 0.0001). The majority of patients in 2021 (25 patients; 64.1%) resided in Badulla. Our data shows an increased incidence of hepatitis A cases during the pandemic, and residents in Badulla were predominantly affected in 2021. Strategies should therefore be undertaken to prevent further cases in the central part of the country.
How to Cite: Abeywardana, K.D.S.T. and Muthugala, M.A.R.V., 2022. Viral hepatitis A infection amidst Covid-19 outbreak in central part of Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Journal of Infectious Diseases, 12(2), pp.E18 1–4. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljid.v12i2.8473
Published on 20 Jun 2022.
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