The number of people with hepatitis A increased significantly in Busan last year, showing possible signs of a pandemic.
According to the city of Busan, there were a total of 382 people who reported having hepatitis A in Busan last year, which is 10 times higher than the 39 cases of the previous year. The rate of increase in Busan was the highest nationwide.
There were only 16 people who reported having hepatitis A in 2013, 30 in 2014, and 39 in 2015, showing only a slight increase every year. However, the rate of occurrence suddenly increased up to 382 cases last year.
For every 100,000 people in Busan, there were 10.89 people who reported having hepatitis A, which is 1.67 people more than the national average of 9.22.