Hepatitis outbreak is traced to contaminated needles and barber shop razors, study shows

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 28 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8700
  1. Meera Kay
  1. 1Bangalore

A village in the Ernakulam district in Kerala, India, has experienced a serious outbreak of hepatitis B virus, which has been traced to injections with contaminated needles and transmission in barber shops.

The origins of the outbreak were discovered after the local government commissioned a private firm, the Manipal Centre for Virus Research (MCVR), to carry out a disease mapping and risk factor study.

The centre’s head, G Arunkumar, said that the hepatitis B virus infection was possibly introduced into the population before 2011, …

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