Hepatitis E

Hepatitis E is caused by the hepatitis E virus. It's usually caught by consuming food and drink contaminated with the poo of an infected person. It's now the most common cause of short-term (acute) hepatitis in the UK.

Hepatitis E is generally a mild and short-term infection that doesn't require any treatment, but it can be serious in a small number of people. It can become chronic in people who have a suppressed immune system, such as those who have had an organ transplant.

There's no vaccine for hepatitis E, but you can reduce your risk by practising good food and water hygiene measures , particularly when travelling to parts of the world with poor sanitation.

The British Liver Trust has more information about hepatitis E .

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018