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EPFL scientists map high-risk areas for Hepatitis E

EPFL scientists have created the first world map of regions with the highest prevalence of the hepatitis E virus (HEV). They hope that their map – freely available online – will help governments and NGOs design more effective prevention campaigns based on reliable data, particularly when it comes to setting up refugee camps. According to the World Health Organization, there are around 20 million HEV infections worldwide every year and some 50,000 deaths from the disease. Hepatitis E epidemics are particularly deadly for pregnant women The scientists’ research has just been published in Scientific Reports.  Anna Carratalà and Stéphane Joost, received the 2019 International Geneva Award. The award recognizes research that is particularly relevant to international organizations.