HEV Hepatitis E Virus
Hepatitis E is inflammation of the liver caused by infection with the hepatitis E virus. It is one of five known human hepatitis viruses: A, B, C, D, and E.
It can cause your liver to swell but it usually doesn't lead to long-term illness or liver damage like some other forms of hepatitis do.
But hepatitis E can be dangerous for pregnant women or anyone with weak immune systems, including the elderly or people who are ill.
Treatment. There is no specific treatment capable of altering the course of acute hepatitis E. As the disease is usually self-limiting, hospitalisation is generally not required. Hospitalisation is required for people with fulminant hepatitis, however, and should also be considered for symptomatic pregnant women.
Serologic Testing. Acute hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection is diagnosed in immunocompetent individuals based on the detection of anti-HEV immunoglobulin M (IgM). The anti-HEV IgM usually starts rising 4 weeks after infection and remains detectable for 2 months after the onset of illness.
Hepatitis E is detected by a blood test that looks for antibodies (protein substances) produced by your body's immune system to fight the virus. The blood test for antibodies should distinguish your infection from hepatitis A or B