Global Public Health



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Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Diseases | Environmental Health and Protection | Environmental Public Health | Epidemiology | Health Services Administration | International Public Health | Medicine and Health Sciences | Public Health | Virus Diseases | Water Resource Management

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Contaminated drinking water in Chad is the main source for a Hepatitis E outbreak, leading Chad citizens to develop severe illness including jaundice, liver-failure, miscarriage, and death. There are 0.4 physicians for every 10,000 people living in Chad needing healthcare. Of the citizens in Chad, only 42% have access to uncontaminated drinking water. With such a long incubation period for Hepatitis E, the citizens don’t know they are spreading the illness to the rest of their community. Even with the symptoms, the citizens don’t have the access or the capacity for treatment, making Hepatitis E an epidemic in Chad.