A hepatitis A outbreak is currently affecting Moscow. Over 900 cases have been detected since the beginning of 2010. This represents a 100% increase compared to the same period in 2009. According to experts, the outbreak is mainly due to the poor water quality.
Hepatitis A is viral disease with an incubation period of 2-6 weeks. Hepatitis A causes an infection of the liver. Possible symptoms include weakness, tiredness, headache, fever, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and dehydration.
Hepatitis A immunisation is recommended for all travellers going to Russia. All travellers going to the Moscow are advised to avoid eating under cooked food, to drink bottled water and to wash their hands carefully before each meal.