Hepatitis E Virus Infection (HEV)

Hepatitis E is a serious liver disease caused by the Hepatitis E virus (HEV) that usually results in an acute infection. It does not lead to a chronic infection.

While rare in the United States, Hepatitis E is common in many parts of the world.

Transmission: Ingestion of fecal matter, even in microscopic amounts. Outbreaks are usually associated with contaminated water supply in countries with poor sanitation.

Vaccination: There is currently no FDA-approved vaccine for Hepatitis E.

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Last Revised: May 26, 2020