Undercooked pork liver linked to hepatitis E outbreak in China

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Poorly cooked pork liver was the suspected source of a hepatitis E outbreak in China in 2022, according to a recent report.

In July and August 2022, an outbreak of hepatitis E was reported in a nursing home in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. 

A case-control study was conducted to identify risk factors for the outbreak. Of the 722 people in the nursing home, 77 were diagnosed with hepatitis E. The most affected group was carers, followed by people receiving care, and nurses. Among them, 18 had symptoms such as jaundice, fever, and loss of appetite.

The average age of people infected with hepatitis E virus (HEV) was almost 60 years old and 59 patients were women while 18 were men, according to the study published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology.

From July 31 to August 10, 2022, three cases of hepatitis E were reported in the nursing home and the local Center for Disease Control sent personnel to the site to verify the incident and conduct epidemiological investigations.

The first patient was a 59-year-old married female who was a caregiver at the nursing home. In late July 2022, she experienced symptoms including poor appetite, nausea, aversion to oily food, fatigue, yellow urine, and jaundice in the eyes. On July 31, she was diagnosed with hepatitis E at the hospital. The second patient was a 59-year-old married caregiver who developed poor appetite, yellow urine, and yellowing of the eyes on July 31. He was diagnosed with hepa...

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Undercooked pork liver linked to hepatitis E outbreak in China