Australian transplant recipients are at risk of chronic hepatitis E

James P Newcombe, Stella McGinn, Bruce Wong, Archie Darbar and George Kotsiou
Med J Aust 2017; 206 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/mja16.01204
Published online: 17 April 2017

Hepatitis E virus (HEV) genotype 3, the most common genotype in high income countries, is transmitted by ingestion of high risk food — including pork, deer and shellfish — and by blood transfusion. Rural residence, travel to hyperendemic areas (eg, southern Europe) and animal exposure are other risk factors.1

  • James P Newcombe
  • Stella McGinn
  • Bruce Wong
  • Archie Darbar
  • George Kotsiou

  • Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, NSW


We thank Paul Collett and David Waugh, renal physicians from the Royal North Shore Hospital, for their assistance with patient recruitment.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.


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