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Posted: Wednesday, May 2, 2018. 3:30 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff:Ministry of Health staff from the Western Health Region are currently in Benque Viejo and surrounding areas monitoring a developing situation due to confirmed cases of Hepatitis A in Arenal and Benque.

According to a statement from the Ministry, there have been three confirmed cases in Benque Viejo and 11 suspected cases in Arenal.

Part of the plan includes sensitization of school staff and students about Hepatitis A, its transmission and risk factors.

Food handlers in Benque and Arenal will also be visited and informed of the risks of  Hepatitis A and the importance of following established protocols.

The relevant departments in health have been made aware and are working closely with the region to minimize ongoing cases including a sensitization session on the local radio station in Benque.

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