South Sudan 2013 © Corinne Baker/MSF
Dr Maarten Dekker does rounds in the Hepatitis E ward at MSF's
hospital in Batil refugee camp, Maban County, South Sudan. All four
camps in Maban County are now affected by the Hepatitis E outbreak,
which began in June 2012. Hepatitis-E is a virus that is spread via
fecal-oral transmission and that causes liver disease and can lead to
acute liver failure and death. There is no cure, and medics can only try
to alleviate the symptoms to assist the patient to recover. It is known
to be particularly dangerous for pregnant women.