Over 200 German touristscontract hepatitis A in Egypt

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10 September 2004 , BERLIN - Health authorities in Germany Friday said over 200 Germans tourists are now known to have contracted hepatitis A while staying at a hotel at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada. Issuing a national appeal, health officials called on persons who had stayed at the Siva Grand Beach Hotel in June and July to undergo tests for the highly infectious disease. Doctors at Berlin's Robert Koch Institute said 203 confirmed cases of hepatitis A have been reported. It is feared other tou

10 September 2004

BERLIN - Health authorities in Germany Friday said over 200 Germans tourists are now known to have contracted hepatitis A while staying at a hotel at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada.

Issuing a national appeal, health officials called on persons who had stayed at the Siva Grand Beach Hotel in June and July to undergo tests for the highly infectious disease.

Doctors at Berlin's Robert Koch Institute said 203 confirmed cases of hepatitis A have been reported. It is feared other tourists might have returned to Germany unaware they had been exposed.

Dozens of returning tourists have been treated, and a number hospitalized, said the institute. It said the sick ranged in age from 6 to 66.

A spokeswoman for the hotel in Egypt, Gabi Kuth, said hotel guests subsequently have been inoculated against the virus, which affects the liver and is usually transmitted through contaminated food or water. Kuth said the source of the contagion had not been determined.

"These people could have contracted the virus anywhere, by eating ice cream from a street vendor in Hurghada or drinking tap water in town," she said.

Berlin health experts said early detection is essential for a full recovery.

"This type of jaundice is a benign illness, which can be cured within a few days  or weeks," said Christian Schoenfeld, a physician at the Institute of the Tropics in Berlin. #

DPA

Subject: German news 

 

 

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