Hepatitis E Information Leaflet

Publication Date: 14 June 2016

Hepatitis E is an illness of the liver caused by the hepatitis E virus (HEV), a virus​ which can infect both animals and humans.

This information leaflet answers the following questions:

  • ​How can I tell if I have hepatitis E?
  • How long can I have the infection before developing symptoms?
  • How common is hepatitis E?
  • How is hepatitis E virus transmitted?
  • Can Hepatitis E by passed on via blood transfusion?
  • How is hepatitis E treated?
  • Alcohol information
  • Can hepatitis E infection be prevented?
  • ​Where can I get further help?

Resource information

Health Protection Scotland
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