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Author Topic: Hepatitis E Is Mysteriously Passing From Rats to Humans in Hong Kong  (Read 12973 times)

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Over the past two years, a handful of people in Hong Kong have contracted the strain of hepatitis E virus (HEV) that typically infects rats, CNN reports.

Experts who have analyzed these cases remain mystified as to the specific means by which the virus has been transmitted from rats to people.

Hepatitis E infects the liver and can lead to jaundice, fever and an enlarged liver.

The first report of human acquisition of rat HEV occurred in Hong Kong in 2018 and was written up as a case study in Emerging Infectious Diseases. To date, 10 more cases of rat hep E have been diagnosed in humans. On April 30, a 61-year-old man with abnormal liver function became the most recent person diagnosed.

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