Humanitarian Health Action

WHO Grade 1 emergency

Chad: Hepatitis E situation

As of 14 May 2017, a cumulative of 1 431 cases with 17 deaths (case fatality of 1.2%) have been reported since the onset of the outbreak in September 2016. A total of 64 pregnant women were affected, constituting 4.5% of the total case load; while 29% (5/17) of the fatalities occurred in pregnant women. Fifty-one percent of the cases were male while the most affected age group was 15 – 44 years, accounting for 47% of the total caseload, followed by 5 – 14 years at 35%. Overall, 65 samples were positive for hepatitis E virus after laboratory testing in Holland (supported by MSF) and 33 were positive from the Pasteur labora-tory in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The outbreak of hepatitis E, confirmed in January 2017 and officially declared by the Ministry of Health on 14 February 2017, is still localized to Amtiman and Aboudeïa districts.