Hepatitis E

Hepatitis E is a liver infection. It is caused by a germ called hepatitis E virus (HEV). The germ enters the body through the mouth by food or water that has been made unclean by poop (feces).

HOME CARE

  • Wash your hands after using the bathroom or changing a diaper.

  • Wash your hands before handling food or water. 

  • Avoid drinking water or ice that may be unclean.

  • Avoid eating uncooked shellfish, fruits, or vegetables that you did not peel and prepare.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You cannot eat or drink.

  • You feel sick to your stomach (nauseous) or throw up (vomit).

  • You get confused.

  • Yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes (jaundice) gets worse.

  • You are very sleepy or have trouble waking up.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.