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An update on the hepatitis e virus.
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PMID:  23314803     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
There have been recent key advances in the understanding of hepatitis E virus infection. Since the early 1980s, when the virus was first discovered, hepatitis E has been described as a disease that is endemic only in the African and Asian subcontinents, a disease that is transmitted via the fecal-oral route, and a disease that causes an acute illness that typically resolves, with the exception of the third trimester of pregnancy, when infection can be deadly. We now know that genotype 3 is likely a porcine zoonotic disease that is quite prevalent in certain industrialized nations. Hepatitis E carries high morbidity and mortality in patients with underlying liver disease and can become a chronic infection that causes fibrosis in immunocompromised hosts. Lastly, two vaccines have been developed and studied in clinical trials, with excellent results.
Seth N Sclair; Eugene R Schiff
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current gastroenterology reports     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1534-312X     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Gastroenterol Rep     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
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Created Date:  2013-01-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100888896     Medline TA:  Curr Gastroenterol Rep     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  304     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, Division of Hepatology, Schiff Center for Liver Diseases, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, USA,
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