Hepatitis: March 2007 Archives

Hepatitis E Vaccine Shows Promise

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clinical trialsFeb. 28, 2007 -- An experimental hepatitis E vaccine shows promise but needs further study, experts report in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Hepatitis E is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis E virus, which spreads through contaminated food or water.

Hepatitis E is rare in the U.S., but it's a major public health problem in developing countries. The disease is most dangerous for pregnant women, who can die or have miscarriages or stillbirths due to hepatitis E.