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Massive hepatitis A outbreak in Sri Lanka in 2009: an indication of increasing susceptibility and epidemiological shift?

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NJ Dahanayaka,

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, LK
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T Kiyohara,

National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Nagasaki, JP
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Department of Virology II, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Nagasaki
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SB Agampodi

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, LK
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Lead Epidemiologist, Tropical Disease Research Unit

Head, Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences

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Abstract

Sri Lanka experienced an unprecedented outbreak of hepatitis A in 2009. We extracted data from different sources to get a proper estimate of actual disease incidence during that period. This data show a total number of 13,477 cases in 2009 which is one of the largest outbreaks in recent history. We confirmed the etiological diagnosis as hepatitis A among armed forces towards the end of the outbreak. This massive outbreak shows the potential risk of future outbreaks due to epidemiological shifts of hepatitis A infection in Sri Lanka.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljid.v3i2.5640

Sri Lankan Journal of Infectious Diseases 2013; Vol.3(2):28-30

 

 

How to Cite: Dahanayaka, N., Kiyohara, T. & Agampodi, S., (2013). Massive hepatitis A outbreak in Sri Lanka in 2009: an indication of increasing susceptibility and epidemiological shift?. Sri Lankan Journal of Infectious Diseases. 3(2), pp.28–30. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljid.v3i2.5640
Published on 14 Aug 2013.
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