10 facts on hepatitis E

July 2014

WHO delivers supplies to support the management of hepatitis E to a local health centre.
WHO/Pauline Ajello

Hepatitis E is a disease transmitted mainly by contaminated water and occurs frequently in areas with limited or intermittent access to safe water.

Globally, an estimated 20 million people are infected with hepatitis E every year. More than 3 million of these develop inflamed livers, and 56 600 die.

This fact file details how hepatitis E is transmitted, its symptoms, how it can be prevented and how WHO is helping to raise awareness of the condition and improve its treatment.

Read 10 facts on hepatitis E

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