Risks of hepatitis E
Learn what the risks of hepatitis E are and who is most at risk.
What are the risks of being infected with hepatitis E?
Hepatitis E is not common in Canada.
In developing countries with poor sanitation and hygiene, hepatitis E can be widespread. It is usually spread through water contaminated with sewage. This can lead to large outbreaks.
In more developed countries, hepatitis E rarely spreads. If it does spread, it often does so through contaminated food.
In pregnant women, hepatitis E infection is more serious, particularly during the third trimester. It can result in miscarriage, or death of the newborn child or mother.
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