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What is Hepatitis E?

Description of the disease

Hepatitis E is a viral disease that affects the liver. It is caused by the hepatitis E virus (HEV).


  • Hepatitis E is classified as a viral hepatitis.


Symptoms of hepatitis E may include jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), fatigue, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.


Hepatitis E is caused by the hepatitis E virus (HEV), which is spread through contaminated water and food.


Diagnosis of hepatitis E involves blood tests for the presence of the hepatitis E virus.


Treatment of hepatitis E usually involves supportive therapy to alleviate symptoms. In some cases, hospitalization may be required.


Prevention of hepatitis E involves practicing good hygiene, consuming safe drinking water, and thorough cooking of food.


Hepatitis E is treated by a gastroenterologist.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.