Surveillance of hepatitis E
How many cases are there of hepatitis E around the world?
Worldwide, every year there are an estimated:
- 20 million hepatitis E infections
- more than 3 million symptomatic cases of hepatitis E
- 56,600 hepatitis E-related deaths
Hepatitis E occurs worldwide, but is more common in areas with poor sanitation and hygiene. In developed countries, hepatitis E infection is generally reported from people who travel to hepatitis E endemic or epidemic areas.
Hepatitis E is endemic in:
- South, Central and East Asia
- Central America
- the Middle East
However, some cases of locally-acquired hepatitis E infection have been observed in non-endemic countries, including:
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
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