What causes hepatitis E and who is most at risk?

Hepatitis E is caused by a virus. There are 4 main types of this virus in different parts of the world. The type of virus found in the UK usually lives in animals. You might hear it called a zoonotic virus.

In some parts of the world, the virus only lives in humans. And is usually passed on through contaminated water.

On this page you can find more information about how hepatitis E is passed on. Who is at higher risk if they get it. And more details on the different types of the virus.


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