Hepatitis E Virus Found in 10% of Sausages Tested in Britain
—Christine. M. Kukka, Project Manager, HBV Advocate
British researchers have found the
hepatitis E virus in 10% of sausages sampled, according to a report
issued by Britain’s Department for Environment, Food, and Rural
Affairs. The virus, once unknown in Britain and North America, is
found in pigs. In Britain, the number of hepatitis E infections have
risen 40% in the past year.
The virus poses a
particular danger to people with chronic hepatitis B, and to pregnant
women. According to the report, around one in 50 of those infected
will die as do one in five pregnant women.
Labels: Hepatitis E (HEV); pork sausages.