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Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas

versión impresa ISSN 1130-0108


GARCIA-FERREIRA, Alejandro-José et al. Outbreak of acute hepatitis A in the health area served by the Hospital Universitario Virgen de la Victoria (HUVV): a change in epidemiology. Rev. esp. enferm. dig. [online]. 2018, vol.110, n.6, pp.380-385. ISSN 1130-0108.

In 2016, an outbreak of hepatitis A was identified in the Malaga province among patients with specific epidemiological characteristics, which were predominantly males. This is a report of 51 subjects with acute hepatitis A and a mean age of 35.7 years, 90% were male and 55% of cases were men who had had sex with other men within the last two months. Half of them required hospitalization for significant coagulopathy at diagnosis and no cases progressed to fulminant failure or encephalopathy. Four patients had ascites at the time of diagnosis. This outbreak adds to those reported in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands with a similar number of cases and epidemiology. These studies highlight the importance of epidemiological surveillance, the need for vaccination in this particular at risk population and the need for informative campaigns in order to prevent this disease.

Palabras clave : Hepatitis A; Epidemiology; Sexually transmitted diseases; Men who have sex with men.

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