Hepatitis A in fresh vegetables a hidden health risk in Pakistan

The purpose of the current study was to evaluate fresh vegetables raised on the fecal contaminated water for the detection of Hepatitis A virus HAV by PCR method. Twenty nine samples were collected from 13 different locations of district Mardan and screened for the presence of HAV.

fieldcropworker_editVillage Bajowro near Takht Bhai was the most contaminated site having HAV in all vegetables grown over there. Water samples collected from this area proved to be contaminated with HAV.
It may be concluded that fecal contaminated water is unsafe for irrigation because of the health risk associated with such practices.

Author: Waleed KhanMuhammad IrshadGauhar RehmanAnwar Hussain
Credits/Source: SpringerPlus 2014, 3:675