Hepatitis E Virus: Current Concepts and Future Perspectives

  • Harry R. Dalton
  • Suzan D. Pas
  • Richie G. Madden
  • Annemiek A. van der Eijk
Intra-abdominal Infections, Hepatitis, and Gastroenteritis (D Bobak, Section Editor)

DOI: 10.1007/s11908-014-0399-8

Cite this article as:
Dalton, H.R., Pas, S.D., Madden, R.G. et al. Curr Infect Dis Rep (2014) 16: 399. doi:10.1007/s11908-014-0399-8
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Intra-abdominal Infections, Hepatitis, and Gastroenteritis

Abstract

For many years, hepatitis E was considered a disease found only in certain developing countries. In these geographical settings, hepatitis E virus (HEV) causes a self-limiting hepatitis in young adults, except in pregnant females, in whom the mortality is 25 %. Our understanding of HEV has changed radically in the past decade. It is now evident that HEV is a threat to global health. This review article considers the current concepts and future perspectives of HEV and its effects on human health, with particular reference to developed countries.

Keywords

Hepatitis E Zoonosis Hepatitis Chronic liver disease Epidemiology 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Harry R. Dalton
    • 1
    • 2
  • Suzan D. Pas
    • 3
  • Richie G. Madden
    • 1
  • Annemiek A. van der Eijk
    • 3
  1. 1.Cornwall Gastrointestinal UnitRoyal Cornwall Hospital TrustTruroUK
  2. 2.European Centre for the Environment and Human HealthUniversity of Exeter Medical SchoolTruroUK
  3. 3.Department of Viroscience, Erasmus MCUniversity Medical Center RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands

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