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11 die due to Hepatitis D in Modasa in past one week

Eleven deaths have been reported from Modasa taluka in the district due to Hepatitis D virus infection in the past five days, district health officials said.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2009 16:19 IST

Eleven deaths have been reported from Modasa taluka in the district due to Hepatitis D virus infection in the past five days, district health officials said on Saturday.

Around 21 persons have been admitted to various hospitals in the taluka and five others have been rushed to a civil hospital in Ahmedabad, officials said.

"We have asked for a central team from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) and Director General of Health Services (DGHS) and they will be arriving shortly, Sabarkantha Chief District Health Officer (CDHO) Dr HS Patel told PTI.

He said that a three-member team from B J Medical College in Ahmedabad, led by Nayan Qadri had already arrived in Modasa.

"Presently, 27 paramedics and five doctors are surveying the area," Patel added.

State Deputy Director (Health) S J Gandhi was in Modassa yesterday to take stock of the situation.

Hepatitis D or delta hepatitis is caused by the Hepatitis Delta Virus (HDV), a defective RNA virus. This disease affects humans only in if the hepatitis B virus is already present in the patient's body.