GPs told: Hep E can be acquired in Australia

GPs are being urged to consider hepatitis E as a cause of acute hepatitis even if a patient has not recently travelled.

NSW Health’s account of the first reported outbreak of hepatitis E in Australia, published on Monday in the MJA, underlines the threat of local transmission, infectious diseases experts say.

Public health authorities were last year criticised for their failure to act quickly after notification of HEV in a medical oncology registrar who may