Contaminated drinking water in Prague: hepatitis vaccination has been ordered

Contaminated drinking water in Prague: hepatitis vaccination has been ordered

Prague Health Department sends 4,000 children for hepatitis A vaccination
In Prague, thousands of liters of wastewater entered the drinking water network, causing gastrointestinal complaints in more than 2,600 people, according to the news agency "dpa". The health department has ordered a vaccination against hepatitis A as a precaution for more than 4,000 children in Prague. The two northern districts Dejvice and Bubenec are affected.

According to the information provided by the line operator, up to 10,000 liters of wastewater has reached the drinking water pipes via a leak, reports the “dpa”. As a result, more than 2,600 people had seen a doctor for gastrointestinal complaints such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Among other things, coli bacteria and noroviruses were identified as pathogens. Although the water is now unpolluted again, a precautionary vaccination of children at risk against hepatitis A liver inflammation is still carried out. According to the “dpa”, people who have become infected as a result of the contamination should receive compensation.

Hepatitis A is often transmitted through contaminated drinking water
Hepatitis A is caused by hepatitis A viruses, which cause inflammation of the liver. The pathogens are often passed on through contaminated water or contaminated food. After an incubation period of a maximum of around one and a half months, non-specific symptoms such as fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting become apparent. In rare cases, light bowel movements and the development of jaundice (jaundice) are part of the symptoms. However, with adequate medical care, those affected usually do not face long-term health problems and hepatitis A often heals spontaneously. Those affected have no fear of chronic forms. (fp)

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