Types of Viral Hepatitis
Types of Viral Hepatitis: Hepatitis EHepatitis E is caused by the hepatitis E virus. Similar to hepatitis A, hepatitis E is spread through fecal-oral transmission. Most infections result from contamination of water supplies, such as after monsoon flooding. This type of hepatitis is not common in the United States.
Similar to hepatitis A, hepatitis E cannot cause a long-term liver infection, and, in most cases, symptoms are mild (see Hepatitis E Symptoms). However, both pregnant women and their babies are at increased risk of dying if infected with hepatitis E. This risk seems to be greatest during the second and third trimesters.
Hepatitis E usually goes away on its own without any treatment (see Hepatitis E Treatment).
To prevent hepatitis E, be careful about drinking tap water and eating uncooked foods when traveling internationally (see Hepatitis E Prevention).