In this large cohort of 18,695 US residents >age 6 (from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1988-94), researchers tested serum for anti-Hep E antibodies and found 21% were positive. Although the serum test is not widely available in the US, clinicians should consider testing for Hep E in patients with acute or chronic hepatitis, who are negative for A, B, and C (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.