Increase in Hepatitis A Cases Raises Concern in Various Regions of Uzbekistan

There's a worrying trend in several parts of Uzbekistan as cases of hepatitis A continue to rise. Nearly 10,000 children have been diagnosed with jaundice since the start of the year.

According to Maftuna Saidova, head of the Information Service at the Committee on Sanitary-Epidemiological Welfare and Public Health, there are currently 9,507 confirmed cases of hepatitis A among children in the country.

The surge in cases has been observed in regions such as Andijan, Bukhara, Namangan, Surkhandarya, Samarkand, Fergana, as well as in the Republic of Karakalpakstan.

Saidova also mentioned that vaccination has proven to prevent the transmission of the virus in 94-98% of cases. Typically, children aged between 18 months and 14 years are vaccinated against hepatitis A. After vaccination, individuals develop immunity that lasts for about 15 years.

It’s important to note that hepatitis A vaccination is a one-time procedure and does not require repeat doses. Last year alone, a total of 365,167 children were vaccinated across the country. Additionally, more than 4 billion soms have been allocated from various regional budgets, including the capital, to provide vaccinations for children with disabilities and those from socially vulnerable backgrounds.






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