Viral hepatitis surveillance and outbreak report is published in India

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 12 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4372
  1. Cheryl Travasso
  1. 1Mumbai

Some 291 outbreaks and 804 782 cases of hepatitis infections occurred in India from 2011 to 2013, a national surveillance and outbreak data report on viral hepatitis has shown.1 In over 90% of cases, however, the causative agent was not identified.

Despite hepatitis infections being common, India has had a dearth of national data, so the government started collecting nationwide surveillance data in 2009 on hepatitis A and E infections, along with other epidemic-prone diseases, through the national Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP).

The report presented data from 2011 to 2013 and showed a steady increase in the number of hepatitis cases reported every year, from 234 211 in 2011 …

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