Hepatitis E

NORMALLY there are a number of cases notified annually in Australia, but most of these infections have been acquired overseas, almost always related to travel in a developing country. A spike in numbers in 2014 was associated with local acquisition in Australia, related to the consumption of pork liver products, including pork liver sausages and pork liver pâté.

Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is a small, non-enveloped, single-stranded RNA virus. Originally classified as being within the calicivirus family, HEVs are now classified as hepeviruses in the hepevirus