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Viral hepatitis incidence on rise in Kyrgyzstan

There is an increase in the incidence of viral hepatitis in Kyrgyzstan. Abdykadyr Zhoroev, head of the Department for Prevention of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, told today at a press conference.

According to him, more than 3,000 cases of the disease have been registered for 6 months of 2018, which is 21.5 percent higher than in the same period of 2017.

According to official statistics, from 8,000 to 22,000 cases of viral hepatitis of all types are registered in Kyrgyzstan. Most of the patients, about 90 percent, are infected with hepatitis A (Botkin’s disease).

«The Ministry of Health takes all necessary measures to prevent the spread of the disease, it developed clinical protocols for doctors of all levels, trained doctors, specialists engaged in the statistical sphere, action plans for all the regions,» he said.

Experts say that all kinds of the hepatitis can be prevented, diagnosed, treated and even cured.

«The vaccine against hepatitis B effectively prevents infection in 95 percent of cases. Children are vaccinated in the first 24 hours of their life. Adults can be vaccinated on epidemiological indications or at will after tests for this type of the disease,» said Kaliya Kasymbekova, WHO employee on infectious diseases in the Kyrgyz Republic.

According to her, there is no vaccine against hepatitis C, so it is necessary to take tests, but a patient can fully recover for a half a year in case of timely and correct treatment.