Hepatitis E is inflammation of the liver caused by infection with the hepatitis E virus (HEV). Hepatitis E has mainly a fecal-oral transmission route that is similar to hepatitis A.
Symptoms and Signs
Typical manifestations of viral hepatitis occur: anorexia, malaise, nausea and vomiting, and fever, followed by jaundice.
Hepatitis E may be severe, especially in pregnant women; in them, risk of fulminant hepatitis and death is increased.
IgM antibody test
- Supportive care
- For chronic hepatitis E, possibly ribavirin