Hepatitis E: source and route of infection, clinical manifestations and new developments

Linda Scobie, Harry Dalton

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Abstract

Hepatitis E was previously thought to be a disease of developing countries causing significant morbidity and mortality in young adults, particularly among pregnant women and patients with pre-existing chronic liver disease. Recent studies have shown that hepatitis E is also an issue in developed countries. In this setting, hepatitis E is a zoonotic infection and causes acute infection mainly in middle-aged and elderly men; and chronic infection in the immunosuppressed. The scope and burden of disease are still emerging. The diagnosis of hepatitis E should be considered in any patient with hepatitis, irrespective of their age or travel history.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Viral Hepatitis
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013

Keywords

  • Hepatitis E
  • virology
  • developing countries
  • emerging infectious diseases

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