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Experts disagree over necessity of hepatitis E vaccine in Nepal

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3393 (Published 22 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3393

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  1. Sophie Cousins
  1. 1Assam

A group of international doctors has called for the speedy introduction of a vaccine against hepatitis E infection in Nepal, which they said could prevent the deaths of more than 400 pregnant women. However, some experts in Nepal have cast doubt over the safety and necessity of the vaccine.

The virus, which spreads through contaminated water, is common in Nepal, and experts fear an outbreak is likely given the imminent monsoon season, which officially begins next week. Moreover, tens of thousands of Nepalese people are still living in makeshift camps with limited or no access to clean drinking water after the two earthquakes that killed more than 8000 people and destroyed 500 000 homes. …

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