Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hepatitis E Virus Found in 10% of Sausages Tested in Britain

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.

Source:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2421133/Could-10-pork-sausages-carrying-deadly-hepatitis-E-virus.html

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