Japan sees first two cases of chronic hepatitis E infection

posted on October 27, 2015

Japan has had two cases of chronic hepatitis E infection, both confirmed to have been caused through blood transfusions, according to a nationwide study by the health ministry.

A woman in her 60s living in eastern Japan and a man in his 40s in the southwest contracted the virus from blood transfusions for liver transplant operations, ministry officials said Monday.

Chronic infection by hepatitis E virus is considered rare. These two cases were Japan’s first, the officials said.

The two persons are believed to have developed the infection due to the effect of immunosuppressive drugs they were taking following surgery.

source by japantimes
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