10 facts on hepatitis E
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.