Viral hepatitis amidst COVID-19 in Africa: Implications and Recommendations

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Posted: 2021-09-10 19:00:00
J Med Virol . 2021 Sep 10. doi: 10.1002/jmv.27330. Online ahead of print. Affiliations Expand Affiliations 1 Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan. 2 Department of Dentistry, School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, European University of Madrid, 28670, Madrid, Spain. 3 Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India. 4 Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. 5 District Head Quarters Teaching Hospital, Faisalabad, Pakistan. 6 Kabul University of Medical Sciences, Kabul, Afghanistan. Item in Clipboard Syeda Kanza Kazmi et al. J Med Virol. 2021. Show details Display options Display options Format J Med Virol . 2021 Sep 10. doi: 10.1002/jmv.27330. Online ahead of print. Affiliations 1 Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan. 2 Department of Dentistry, School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, European University of Madrid, 28670, Madrid, Spain. 3 Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India. 4 Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. 5 District Head Quarters Teaching Hospital, Faisalabad, Pakistan. 6 Kabul University of Medical Sciences, Kabul, Afghanistan. Item in Clipboard CiteDisplay options Display options Format Abstract Hepatitis, a significant cause of mortality worldwide, results in around 1.34 million deaths each year globally. Africa is not exempt from the plague of Hepatitis. Around 100 million estimated individuals are infected with Hepatitis B (HBV) or C (HCV). Egypt has the highest prevalence cases of Hepatitis followed by Cameroon and Burundi. The continent is severly affected by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the virus has added additional burden on the already fragile continent. With the pandemic, it is presumable that Hepatitis like other viral diseases will pose a threat to collapsing healthcare system. Therefore, for Africa to become more resilient in the face of such menaces, including Hepatitis, further prevention policies are required to be implemented This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. Keywords: Coronavirus; Hepatitis A virus; Virus classification; Virus classification, Hepatitis B virus; Virus classification, Hepatitis C virus. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. [x] Cite Copy Format: Send To [x]

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