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Abu Dhabi records 4% rise in Hepatitis B, C

The Health Authority-Abu Dhabi (HAAD) has said hepatitis B and C cases in the emirate rose slightly by 4% in 2011, but the overall hepatitis incidence increased by only one case to 1,384 in 2010, Khaleej Times has reported. "There are no major changes in the overall hepatitis B (cases) reported to the HAAD in the last few years," said Dr Farida Al Hosani, manager of communicable diseases at HAAD. According to HAAD statistics, hepatitis B and C cases, which are the most commonly reported hepatitis, have climbed to 670 and 577 last year from 641 and 557 in 2010, respectively. Meanwhile, hepatitis A cases have decreased from 185 to 137 in 2011.