Hepatitis E virus infection

Joe Sasadeusz

 Victorian Infectious Diseases Service, Royal Melbourne Hospital and Infectious Diseases Unit, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne VIC

Last reviewed: November 2019


Hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection is an important cause of acute hepatitis, predominantly in residents of, and returned travellers from, countries where HEV infection is endemic. It has a high mortality rate in pregnant women. It is also rarely a cause of chronic infection in immunocompromised hosts.