Since last week, the Public Health Ministry of Lebanon has recorded 174 cases of Hepatitis A in Tripoli.
The ministry is conducting laboratory tests to determine whether contaminated water is to blame for the infections.
The North Lebanon Water Authority reports that Tripoli’s water is pure and free of contaminants.
Yousef Bakhash, the head of the Lebanese Syndicates of Physicians, warned that Hepatitis A was on the rise and blamed a lack of clean water, poor healthcare, and poor sanitation and hygiene for the disease’s development.
He also advocated vaccination campaigns.