Causes of outbreak of hepatitis in south Kashmir being ascertained
Srinagar, Feb 4 : Experts teams, including from the centre, have been rushed to a south Kashmir area where a large number of villagers were affected due to outbreak of Hepatitis C disease.
Meanwhile, out of 1600 samples taken from the affected area,35 have been found positive.
The authorities have appealed to people to cooperate with the expert teams to find the causes of the disease.
Meanwhile, the government has assured all possible help to affected for their treatment.
A four-member team of central experts, which had arrived here Saturday visited the affected village Taskiya Magam in South Kashmir district of Anantnag to carry out field investigations, particularly the cause and source of infection, official sources said here today.
The survey will help experts to build a database of infected people to facilitate the treatment and prevention plan, they said adding that it will also assess relative risk associated with the epidemic's spread and investigate causes of its expansion.
They said the team comprises experts from National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), a microbiologist and two epidemiologists- and a physician specialist from Safdargunj Hospital.
An expert from National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, will also join the team, they said.
Source said that based on the available clinical, epidemiological and laboratory investigation reports, it is confirmed that the outbreak was due to chronic Hepatitis C viral infection.
Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman, said a rapid operation was launched to control the epidemic .
However, he has apprehension that the mode of transmission was probably from unsafe injection and diagnostic practices by some practitioners in the village and surrounding areas.
But he said the final confirmation will come only after the central team completes its survey.