Imported Pork From “Leading Supermarket” Linked To Hepatitis E Virus Infection

Researchers have found something sinister in pork products sold at one of the UK”s leading supermarkets. The pork may have contained hepatitis E. That can lead to fatal liver damage. Thousands of people could be at risk for contracting the disease. For a long time, it was thought that HEV was not prevalent in the UK.

Key Takeaways:

  • Potentially thousands of people may be at risk.
  • As the virus doesn’t appear to be found in British pigs, as per a previous report, it’s likely the infections are occurring thanks to pork products being shipped in from outside of the UK.
  • According to The Times, as many as 200,000 Britons are infected with the virus through imported pork every single year.

“As reported by the Guardian, researchers have found that pork products sold at one of the UK’s leading supermarkets may have unknowingly contained hepatitis E (HEV), a strain of the virus that can, very rarely, cause fatal liver damage.”

http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/imported-pork-leading-supermarket-linked-hepatitis-e-virus-infection/

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