hepatitis E

noun

Definition of hepatitis E 

: an acute hepatitis that is caused by a highly variable single-stranded RNA virus (species Hepatitis E virus of the genus Hepevirus), is marked chiefly by fatigue, fever, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain, is usually contracted from sewage-contaminated water, and is rare in the United States but is common in some tropical developing countries

Note: The acute or short-term stage of hepatitis E is typically a mild illness that does not progress to a long-term or chronic infection.

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Last Friday, September 28, researchers at the University of Hong Kong revealed that a 56-year-old-man had contracted a strain of hepatitis E previously thought to only infect rats. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Rat hepatitis jumps to human for first time, spotlighting disease mystery," 2 Oct. 2018 The two other types of hepatitis, hepatitis D, also known as delta hepatitis, and hepatitis E, are not common in the United States. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Hepatitis outbreaks: 10 things to know about the liver disease," 15 June 2018 The hospital can handle outbreaks of cholera and hepatitis E, which are common during the rainy season. Euan Mckirdy, CNN, "'Pre-monsoon' rains begin in Bangladesh, highlighting plight of Rohingya refugees," 20 Apr. 2018

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1990, in the meaning defined above

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hepatitis E

noun
\-ˈē \

Medical Definition of hepatitis E 

: an acute hepatitis that is caused by a highly variable single-stranded RNA virus (species Hepatitis E virus of the genus Hepevirus), is marked chiefly by fatigue, fever, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain, is usually contracted from sewage-contaminated water, and is rare in the United States but is common in some tropical developing countries

Note: The acute or short-term stage of hepatitis E is typically a mild illness that does not progress to a long-term or chronic infection.

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