Dubai Health Authority calls for epidemiological investigation into acute hepatitis

The Dubai Health Authority has issued a circular to all healthcare professionals and healthcare institutions operating within the jurisdiction of the authority in Dubai on the need for epidemiological investigation of acute hepatitis d unknown etiology in children under 16, as part of its desire to control communicable diseases and limit their spread, thereby protecting the individual and society.

The circular stated: “In order to safeguard public health, and in accordance with the precautionary measures taken by the United Arab Emirates in general and the Emirate of Dubai in particular, in the early detection and investigation of acute hepatitis of unknown etiology in children under 16 years of age, to reduce the risk of spreading the disease. The authority is raising the level of epidemiological surveillance of cases of this disease in the Emirate of Dubai to ensure the effective and optimal application of measures for the prevention and control of potential sources of infection of the disease, provided that it is implemented on today’s date.

The authority called on all healthcare professionals and healthcare institutions operating within the jurisdiction and powers of the Dubai Health Authority to fully comply with what was stated in the circular in order to avoid any legal liability.

It should be noted that the acute inflammatory disease has recently appeared in a number of European countries and has led to the infection of many children, forcing some of them to undergo liver transplants, and has also led to the registration of some deaths, according to the World Health Organization, and she said that the causes of the emergence of acute hepatitis are still unknown, calling on all countries to take all precautionary measures to prevent the disease.

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