Letters

Risk for British travellers of acquiring hepatitis A

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.6998.193a (Published 15 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:193
  1. Ron H Behrens,
  2. Marian Collins,
  3. Berangere Botto,
  4. Julia Heptonstall
  1. Consultant physician in tropical and travel medicine Hospital for Tropical Diseases, London NW1 0PE
  2. Information assistant Information assistant Consultant microbiologist Immunisation Division, PHLS Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, London NW9 5EQ

    EDITOR,--The risk of non-immune British people acquiring hepatitis A during visits to endemic areas has been calculated as 0.047% per visit.1 Current British guidelines on immunisation against hepatitis A are specific to regions—for example, protection is not considered to be necessary for travellers to Spain, Portugal, or Italy, but tourists visiting all but first class accommodation in Turkey should be protected.2

    Cases of hepatitis A are routinely reported to the Public Health Laboratory Service's Communicable Diseases Surveillance Centre by laboratories in England and Wales. Information …

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