Namibia
Namibia

The number of people who have tested positive for hepatitis E in Namibia’s capital has risen to 152 since Dec. 2017.

Namibia’s health minister Bernard Haufiku declared hepatitis E outbreak on Dec. 14, 2017, after one person had died and nine others tested positive.

The outbreak of the disease that is caused by dirty water and unhealthy living conditions was in most of capital Windhoek’s informal settlements.

Acting permanent secretary in the health ministry David Uirab confirmed the rise of the number of those who tested positive Thursday in Windhoek.

Uirab said the increase in the number of those affected showed that things were not going according to plan.

He also said the ministry was working hard to curb the disease from spreading further.

Uirab said the ministry was also planning to erect toilets in some of the informal settlements as well as providing water purification facilities.

The first known hepatitis E outbreaks in Namibia were reported at Rundu, about 700 kilometers north-east of Windhoek, in 1983, 1995 and 1996. Enditem

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