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Outbreaks of hepatitis E possible in US, Japan, and Europe

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7478.1308-f (Published 02 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1308
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    The hepatitis E virus (HEV), which was identified as recently as 1980 and has caused massive epidemics of acute hepatitis in Asia and outbreaks in Africa and Iraq, has turned up in industrialised countries in strains that seem to have the potential to cause explosive epidemics, says an article in the New England Journal of Medicine (2004;351:2367-8).

    Authors Suzanne Emerson and Robert Purcell, from the US National Institutes of Health, suggest that “it is simply our good fortune that (epidemics like those in Sudan and Iraq, where the infrastructure has broken down) have …

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