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Hepatitis E Virus (HEV)

Dr. med. Hartmut Campe, Dr. med. Hanns-Georg Klein

Scientific Background

In the last few years, it has been documented that the majority of Hepatitis E Virus (HEV) infections are acquired domestically rather than during international travel. It is usually transmitted through food. Prior HEV infection can be demonstrated serologically in approximately 15-20% of the population.

In the majority of cases the infection is asymptomatic; annually only some hundred hepatitis E cases are recorded. Very occasionally chronic or severe progression is observed.

HEV infection is diagnosed through serology.