A Look at the Past History of Hepatitis E in Haiti: Should it be a Warning Sign during the Current Crisis?

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Seyed Moayed Alavian 1 , *

1 Baqiyatallah Research Center for Gastroenterology and Liver Disease, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, [email protected], I.R. Iran

How to Cite: Alavian S. A Look at the Past History of Hepatitis E in Haiti: Should it be a Warning Sign during the Current Crisis?, Hepat Mon. Online ahead of Print ; 10(1):9-11.

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Hepatitis Monthly: 10 (1); 9-11
Article Type: Editorial
Received: January 12, 2010
Accepted: January 25, 2010

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Abstract

Nobody can forget the devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck poverty-stricken Haiti, Port-au-Prince recently on 12 January 2010. At least 75,000 people were killed and hundreds of thousands became homeless; authorities are worried about sanitation and outbreaks of disease in the region. The camps are full of people and there are not even the most basic facilities for any others. Humanity obliges us to help them in any possible way. I reviewed the literature about the hepatitis E virus infection in Haiti and I would like to draw the scientists' attention to this important topic in this time of crisis.


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Hepatitis E Haiti Crisis Earthquake Prevention

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