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Yucatán registers more than 80 cases of hepatitis so far in 2024

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According to the Federal Ministry of Health, more than 80 patients with hepatitis have been registered in Yucatán so far this year, more than 40 percent of whom are women.

Brenda Aracely Herrera Chi, a gastroenterology specialist at the Mexican Social Security Institute in Yucatán, warned that people with comorbidities could have serious repercussions if they are not treated in time.

The federal agency reported that 51 cases of hepatitis A have been reported. At the same time, 12 have been registered for type B, 21 have been detected for type C and only 2 for E and D, adding up to a total of 86 patients with the hepatitis virus, of which 59.30 percent are men and only 40.70 are women.

Herrera Chi pointed out that hepatitis is a condition caused by inflammation of the liver and some of the causes can be infectious, such as viral hepatitis, or non-infectious, which occur due to the consumption of alcoholic beverages, obesity, autoimmune diseases, drugs, and allergic reactions. However, there are different types of viral hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E.

“The liver is an organ that, among its multiple functions, helps food and medicines break down, also stores energy and purifies the blood by eliminating waste, Its proper functioning is of vital importance, as it determines that other organs in our body perform their functions properly. However, when contracting hepatitis, there may not even be any apparent symptoms or the patient may present very mild symptoms that can disappear quickly, while in other cases people could have severe symptoms that could lead to liver failure,” she stressed.

Likewise, she commented that hepatitis A and E are generally caused by ingestion of contaminated water or food, while forms B and C are produced by contact with infected body fluids; The most common are due to having sexual relations without a condom, blood transfusions of contaminated blood or blood products, and transmission from mother to child during childbirth.

He commented that, in the case of hepatitis B, the patient can remain asymptomatic for years and develop liver failure later, so it is important that if they have any risk factors, they undergo periodic tests. Hepatitis B can be prevented through vaccination.

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