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27 cases of hepatitis B and 8 cases of hepatitis C infections recorded

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AMMAN— Head of Disease Control Department at Zarqa Health Directorate Khalid Al-Bahti said on Tuesday that 27 cases of hepatitis B and 8 cases of hepatitis C infections have been recorded since the beginning of 2022, according to Al Mamlaka TV.اضافة اعلان

Bahti said that the infected persons were referred to gastroenterologists at government hospitals while those who have been in contact with them were vaccinated.  53 people who were in contact with the infected received the first dose of the vaccine, with two more to go at one-month intervals.

The directorate held 34 educational and awareness sessions about hepatitis B and C diseases including treatment and means of infection, most importantly transmission through blood. 

Bahti explained that the directorate is monitoring barbershops and physical therapy centers that perform cupping to ensure control over the transmission of the virus through strict preventative measures, hygiene and sterilization of used tools.

Bahti said that the blood bank in Zarqa Governorate undertakes blood sample inspections to eliminate any potential contamination with hepatitis B and C, HIV, and sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis and gonorrhea.

211 doses of vaccines have been administered since the beginning of 2022, according to Bahri, who called on citizens to take preventive measures at home and not to share personal items, like shaving machines and toothbrushes.  

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