Wednesday 2 December 2015

Hepatitis E: symptoms, transmission, prevention, treatment

Hepatitis E is an illness of the liver caused by hepatitis E virus (HEV), a virus which can infect both animals and humans.

HEV infection usually produces a mild disease, hepatitis E. However, disease symptoms can vary from no apparent symptoms to liver failure. In rare cases it can prove fatal, particularly in pregnant women.

Normally the virus infection will clear by itself. However, it has been shown that in individuals with suppressed immune systems, the virus can result in a persistent infection which in turn can cause chronic inflammation of the liver.

Public Health England has issued a new report about Hepatitis E. the report addresses symptoms, transmission, prevention and treatment.

The report can be accessed here: PHE

Posted by Tim Sandle

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