Symptoms of hepatitis E

Learn about the symptoms of hepatitis E, what to look for and what to do if you become ill.

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What are the symptoms of hepatitis E?

You can carry the virus without showing signs you have it.

You can also experience a wide range of symptoms if you are infected. Regardless of your symptoms, you can still spread the infection to others.

Most adults with hepatitis E develop the following symptoms 2 to 7 weeks after being infected with the virus:

  • fever
  • loss of appetite
  • stomach cramps
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
  • dark urine
  • tiredness

Symptoms are usually mild and the illness lasts 1 to 2 weeks. Some severe cases can last around 2 months. People with a weakened immune system may develop a long-lasting illness that can lead to more advanced liver disease.

It is rare for healthy adults to die from hepatitis E because the illness is not long-lasting.

What do you do if you become ill?

Contact your health care provider if you have:

  • travelled to an area where hepatitis E is present
  • any of the listed symptoms
  • been in contact with an infected person

Tell your health care provider:

  • your symptoms
  • which countries you have been travelling or living in

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