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Submitted: 16 May 2007
HERDIN Record #: PCHRDHE901778

Preliminary report of the hepatitis outbreak in Lahug, Cebu City.

 Zacarias NS

A total of 125 cases were recorded by the City Health Office from May 1 to July 7, 1990. A total of 63 (50%) suspect cases were traced in Barangay Lahug. The attack rate for Lahug is 288/100,000
Fifty eight cases were interviewed. There were 30 (52%) female and 28 (48%) male cases. Ages ranged from 3 to 46 years with a mean of 19 years. The epidemic curve showed that cases peaked around second week of June, 1990
Cases and controls were exposed to the same water source. Similarly, both cases and control drinks about 6 glasses of water a day. No statistical significance was noted. It was noted however that those who boiled water were less likely to get sick than those who do not boil water. (OR=.2 p value .05)
Food items associated with Hepatitis A infection are included ice candy, latu (seaweeds) and pansit
Forty four (76%) were confirmed reactive to IgM Anti-HAV and none for controls. Four were concomitantly positive to HbSAg

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