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    DSHS HIV/STD Program

    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: (512) 533-3000

    E-mail the HIV/STD Program

    E-mail data requests to HIV/STD Program - This email can be used to request data and statistics on HIV, TB, and STDs in Texas. It cannot be used to get treatment or infection history for individuals, or to request information on programs and services. Please do not include any personal, identifying health information in your email such as HIV status, Date of Birth, Social Security Number, etc.

    For treatment/testing history, please contact your local Health Department.

    For information on HIV testing and services available to Persons Living with HIV and AIDS, please contact your local HIV services organization.

Hepatitis E Fact Sheet

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HEV
OTHER NAMES HEV (Hepatitis E Virus)
ORGANISM Virus: hepatitis E
TRANSMISSION Hepatitis E is transmitted through eating or drinking contaminated food or water supplies, poor personal hygiene, and person to person (uncommon).
INCUBATION Fifteen to sixty days
TYPICAL SYMPTOMS May have no symptoms (especially young children). Some persons have mild flu-like symptoms, dark urine, light stools, jaundice, fatigue, and fever.
DIAGNOSIS Blood test.
TREATMENT There is currently no treatment for hepatitis E.
PREVENTION To prevent transmission of the hepatitis E virus avoid consuming potentially contaminated water or food.
DANGER Mortality (death rate) of those infected with hepatitis E is 1-2% although in pregnant women it approches 20%.
COMMENTS Occurrence of hepatitis E in the U.S. is very rare and is mostly associated with U.S. residents who travel to developing countries.

DSHS Electronic Publication Number E13-11896


Last updated March 17, 2015