Hepatitis E Questions and Answers for the Public
- What is Hepatitis E?
- How common is Hepatitis E?
- How is Hepatitis E spread?
- Who is at risk for Hepatitis E?
- Does Hepatitis E cause symptoms?
- How soon after exposure to Hepatitis E will symptoms appear?
- How serious is Hepatitis E?
- How will I know if I have Hepatitis E?
- How is Hepatitis E treated?
- Can Hepatitis E be prevented?
How is Hepatitis E spread?
In areas with poor sanitation, Hepatitis E is usually spread by drinking water contaminated by the feces (or stool) of an infected person. Hepatitis E in developed countries may occur as a result of consumption of raw or undercooked pork or deer.
Who is at risk for Hepatitis E?
Travelers to areas with poor sanitation are at risk for Hepatitis E. Immunocompromised persons and solid organ transplant recipients are also at (an increased) risk (of complications from) for Hepatitis E.
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Dark urine
- Clay-colored bowel movements
- Joint pain
- Jaundice (a yellowing of the skin or eyes)
How will I know if I have Hepatitis E?
Hepatitis E can only be diagnosed by your health care provider with the assistance of laboratory tests. You should see your health care provider if you are concerned about Hepatitis E?
Travelers should avoid drinking unpurified water and eating raw or undercooked pig or deer.
- Page last reviewed: July 10, 2017
- Page last updated: November 25, 2015
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