Family occurrence of type E hepatitis due to primary foodborne infection


Authors: J. Pazderková 1;  J. Sajbertová 1;  P. Dlouhý 1;  J. Trmal 2;  J. Krejčí 3
Authors‘ workplace: Infekční oddělení Masarykovy nemocnice, Ústí nad Labem Primář: MUDr. P. Dlouhý 1;  Zdravotní ústav se sídlem v Ústí nad Labem Ředitel: Ing. Pavel Kutil 2;  Výzkumný ústav veterinárního lékařství, Brno Ředitel: prof. MVDr. Miroslav Toman, CSc. 3
Published in: Prakt. Lék. 2009; 89(5): 265-267
Category: Case Report

Overview

The authors describe the endemic occurrence of type E hepatitis. The case described was initially a foodborne infection, and continued to spread through the family. They emphasize above all that it is necessary to consider this aetiology even in our conditions. It is particularly relevant in the cases of acute hepatitis, where type A, B and C hepatitis have been excluded. They recommend integration of a serological test to detect antibodies against this virus into the algorithm for diagnosis of acute parenchymal hepatic diseases. Furthermore, they highlight an epidemiologically significant fact that the source of infection may be, in addition to contaminated water, food of animal origin.

Key words:
hepatitis E, epidemiology, foodborne infection, family occurrence.


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