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Mayotte : 80% of Mahoris ignore to be hepatitis B carriers




Chantal de Singly, director-general of Agence Régionale de Santé - Océan Indien (ARS-OI) (photo : Journal de Mayotte)
Chantal de Singly, director-general of Agence Régionale de Santé - Océan Indien (ARS-OI) (photo : Journal de Mayotte)
80% of Mahoris are not aware that they are hepatitis B carriers and nearly 1000 cases have been identified at present. Revist, the network for VIH hepatitis Aids of Mayotte, adds that the number of chronic hepatitis B carriers are estimated at 6000 while 5000 people live and transmit the virus without knowing.

Agence Régionale de Santé (ARS), an organisation responsible for the management of the regional health system, estimates that in 2012, 5% of people suffering from hepatitis B were reported to be among pregnant women, 8 time superior than those in France.

The network Revist, on its side, affirms that contamination by the mother during pregnancy is frequent in Mayotte.

Revist aims to sensitise the Mahoris through an early screening to limit the propagation of the virus. A vaccination is already available since 1982, which according to the network is "efficient at 85% to prevent infection and the chronic consequences".

This organisation recalls that since 1993, newborn babies in Mayotte benefit from a vaccination against hepatitis B unlike those in France or in other overseas department, as reported by Journal de Mayotte.



Cynthia Zoubeiri


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