mardi 25 novembre 2014

Kava Drinking and Hepatitis A Virus

Kava (Piper methysticum) is a crop of the western Pacific.

The name kava(-kava) is from Tongan and Marquesan; other names for kava include ʻawa (Hawaiʻi), ava (Samoa), yaqona (Fiji), and sakau (Pohnpei).

The roots of the plant are used to produce a drink with sedative and anesthetic properties.

Hepatitis A Virus and Kava

In May 2013, a case of hepatitis A infection was reported to a Western Australian regional public health unit, with infection acquired in Fiji. Following this, 2 further cases were linked to the index case by kava drinking and 1 further case was a household contact of a secondary case. []

Common Drink Vessel and preparation

"This outbreak highlights that the preparation of kava drink and/or the use of a common drinking vessel could be a vehicle for the transmission of HAV (Hepatitis A Virus)", indicated the researchers from Kalgoorlie.

How to prepare Kava


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