Hepatitis E has made the leap from rats to humans – second person in Hong Kong now infected

A 70-year-old Hong Kong woman was revealed on Monday to be the world’s second case of rat hepatitis E infection in humans..

Dr Siddharth Sridhar, clinical assistant professor from the University of Hong Kong’s department of microbiology, said the second case proved that the rat hepatitis E virus, which was distantly related to human hepatitis E virus variants, could be transmitted to people..



This is from 2012..

Rat hepatitis E virus: Geographical clustering within Germany and serological detection in wild Norway rats

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Hepatitis E Virus Genotype 3 in Wild Rats, United States

Says it doesn’t jump from rats to humans.






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