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Hepatitis E Overview

What is hepatitis E?
A person with hepatitis E has inflammation of the liver from an infection by the hepatitis E virus. Hepatitis E is spread by drinking water that is contaminated with the feces of infected humans or animals. Hepatitis E is very rare in the US. Almost all people with hepatitis E recover completely within 3 months without treatment.

What are the symptoms of hepatitis E?
Initial symptoms of hepatitis E may include weakness, fatigue, fever, and right upper abdominal pain. In some cases, symptoms of hepatitis E include jaundice, brown urine, and itching.

How does the doctor treat hepatitis E?
There is no specific treatment for hepatitis E. The illness usually resolves on its own. Supportive care for hepatitis E may include a liver disease diet, vitamin supplements, and medications to control nausea and itching.

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Last Updated: Aug 19, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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