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article imageHepatitis D strikes India, claims 12 lives

By Bodhisattva Banerji     Feb 14, 2009 in Health
Deadly Hepatitis D struck India as the reports suggested that at least 12 lives were lost in the western Indian province of Gujrat. Further, 26 more people are reportedly affected.
Western Indian of province of Gujrat is struck by the deadly Hepatitis D. Reports from local agencies suggest that at least 12 lives were lost and around 26 still remain affected. The development has reportedly evolved in the span of last 5 days. Modassa taluka of the Sabarkantha district in the province remained the principally affected region. The reports further stated that 5 of the affected have been rushed to the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital.
Dr H F Patel, the chief district health officer, while speaking to the media stated that a central team from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases or the NICD and Director General of Health Services or the DGHS, would be visiting the area for a detailed view of the situation. Some of the reports, quoting local unnamed sources, stated that one three-member rescue team of B J Medical College, Ahmedabad, had been camping in the region ever since the disease broke out. The team is being lead by Dr. Nayan Qadri and reportedly consists of 27 paramedics and five doctors.
It should be noted that the Hepatitis D virus, which remains popular in the name of delta virus, as well, is a small circular RNA virus. The disease reportedly affects humans only when a hepatitis B infection is present. The disease gets transmitted by blood and in most of the cases infects intravenous drug users, as stated by various reports.
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