Hepatitis E Prevention
Because there is no approved vaccine for hepatitis E, the best way to prevent hepatitis E is to practice good hygiene and avoid high-risk situations. A few suggestions for effective hepatitis E prevention include boiling water or drinking bottled water in areas where there is a risk of hepatitis E contamination, eating cooked foods and fruits that you can peel, and avoiding raw or steamed shellfish (for example, oysters) that live in contaminated waters.
Prevention of Hepatitis EHepatitis E is an infection caused by the hepatitis E virus. It is most commonly spread by eating or drinking something (or putting something in your mouth, such as a utensil) that has been contaminated with the stool of a person infected with hepatitis E.
There is currently no approved hepatitis E vaccine (although several vaccines are currently being tested). Therefore, the best way to prevent hepatitis E is to practice good personal hygiene and avoid high-risk situations. This means avoiding tap water when traveling internationally and practicing good hygiene and sanitation.
Some other tips for effective prevention of hepatitis E include:
- Boiling water or drinking bottled water in areas where there is a risk of hepatitis E contamination. Also, do not use ice cubes or wash fruits and vegetables in tap water.
- Eating cooked foods and fruits that you can peel, and avoiding vegetables or fruits that could have been washed with contaminated water, such as lettuce.
- Avoiding raw or steamed shellfish, such as oysters, that live in contaminated waters.