For many years, hepatitis E was considered a disease found only in certain developing countries. In these geographical settings, hepatitis E virus (HEV) causes a self-limiting hepatitis in young adults, except in pregnant females, in whom the mortality is 25 %. Our understanding of HEV has changed radically in the past decade. It is now evident that HEV is a threat to global health. This review article considers the current concepts and future perspectives of HEV and its effects on human health, with particular reference to developed countries.

Chronic liver disease, Epidemiology, Hepatitis, Hepatitis E, Zoonosis
dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11908-014-0399-8, hdl.handle.net/1765/61601
Current Infectious Disease Reports
Department of Virology

Dalton, H.R, Pas, S.D, Madden, R.G, & Eijck, A.A. (2014). Hepatitis E virus: Current concepts and future perspectives. Current Infectious Disease Reports (Vol. 16). doi:10.1007/s11908-014-0399-8