Everything you need to know about hepatitis E

Liver Health

Emily Condon
BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences

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What is hepatitis E?

Hepatitis E is caused by the hepatitis E virus (HEV). HEV is usually spread usually through drinking water that is contaminated by the faeces of an individual who has hepatitis E. Usually the infection will clear by itself and produce mild symptoms if any, but in pregnant women, the virus can cause serious health problems. The virus affects people worldwide, but the prevalence is highest in East and South Asia. 

What are the symptoms of hepatitis E?

Symptoms of hepatitis E may include:

  • Yellowing of the eyes and skin (jaundice)
  • Fatigue
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Pale stools
  • Dark urine 
  • Unexplained weight loss 
  • Joint and muscle pains
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite 

How is hepatitis E diagnosed?

A hepatitis E antibody blood test can indicate whether an individual has ever come into contact with HEV. 



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