In Russia became in one and a half times more likely to get sick with hepatitis a

Over the past nine months, the incidence of acute hepatitis a increased by 47.7 percent compared to the same period last year. This is stated on the website of Rospotrebnadzor.

“The incidence of acute hepatitis a in January-October 2017 made up 5.06 per 100 thousand population compared to 3.43 of the same period of 2016”, — stated in the message.

The service noted that the high incidence — more than half — observed in 14 regions: Udmurt Republic, Perm region, Penza, Novgorod, Ivanovo, Irkutsk, Arkhangelsk, Kaluga, Novosibirsk, Kaliningrad, Kostroma and Samara regions, as well as in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

In addition, in the first nine months of this year recorded a high incidence of typhoid fever (2.2%) and measles (in 4.3 times). 30.2 percent increase in the incidence of acute hepatitis E.

The incidence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the resulting asymptomatic infectious status in January 2017 rose 0.9 percent to remaining 49.67 per 100 thousand population.

Hepatitis a — liver disease caused by a virus. It is transmitted by drinking contaminated water or food and through contact with an infected person.

Previously, the service reported that the incidence of hepatitis A in Russia in January-October of 2016 was lower by 6.9 percent compared to the same period of 2015.