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The Lancet: 1 in 3000 blood donors in England infected with hepatitis E
Date:7/27/2014

omponents for hepatitis E infection to be introduced in areas where HEV is endemic, such as the European Union.

He writes, "Despite[the] high prevalence, the high rate of transmission by infected blood or blood products, the non-negligible morbidity and mortality related to HEV infection (especially in patient populations exposed to blood or blood product transfusion), and the lack of efficient antiviral therapy, Hewitt and colleagues surprisingly conclude that "there seems no pressing need to move rapidly with the introduction of donation screening"The potential clinical results of blood-borne HEV infection should not be downplayed; in particular, the risk of serious complications and death exists. Thus, on the basis of Hewitt and colleagues' and other studies, I believe that systematic screening of blood components for markers of hepatitis E infection should be implemented in areas where HEV is endemic (eg, the European Union), based on HEV RNA detection. No doubt this position will be debated and, whatever the experts think, a political decision will have to be made. I suspect that pooled HEV RNA testing will become obligatory in blood banks soon."


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