Antonio Campos/El Sol de Tampico/AMT
Tampico, Tamaulipas – A total of 273 patients with hepatitis A have been treated in Tamaulipas, 170 of them from the metropolitan area, with men having the highest incidence of this disease that occurs due to inflammation of the liver crowd. If treatment is inadequate, moderate to severe disease may result.
Experts from Health Jurisdiction 02, led by José Manuel Sierra Castillo, announced that the disease is usually transmitted through the ingestion of contaminated water or food or direct contact with an infected person While transmission occurs, nearly all patients fully recover and gain lifelong immunity.
According to the epidemiological bulletin for the 33rd week of 2023, 106 women and 167 men were treated in the health units and hospitals of the entity, with a total of 273 patients, which is higher than the 63 cases that occurred in the same cycle, but from Starting in 2022.
Cities with the most cases
According to information from epidemiological authorities, Ciudad Madero had the highest number of patients treated during this period, with 86 patients, followed by Tampico with 79 patients; the city of Vitoria with 36; Matamoros 31 points: Reynosa 17 points; Ciudad Mante has 8 cases, Rio Bravo and Altamira have 5 cases each.
Raúl de León Escobedo, dean of the UAT South Campus School of Medicine, explained that if left untreated, hepatitis can lead to cirrhosis, progressive deterioration and poor liver function. There is also a type of cancer called hepatocellular carcinoma.
Approximately 65% of liver cancers worldwide are related to HBV and HCV infection. But luckily, there are many antiviral drugs available to treat this chronic infection.
In light of the above, he commented that patients may require medical control to ensure that medications control the virus and that the disease does not progress to the point of causing liver damage or turning into cancerous tumors.
This emphasizes the importance of practicing good hygiene habits, including frequent hand washing, to avoid the spread of the virus.