Patients with acute hepatitis E have higher rates of mortality compared with patients with acute hepatitis A, according to study results published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

The results of this study also indicated that comorbid chronic hepatitis B is an independent risk factor for liver-related mortality in patients with acute hepatitis E.

“Policy makers of countries or regions endemic for [chronic hepatitis B] should be proactive to implement targeted vaccination for [hepatitis E virus] in subjects who are at increased risk of mortality,” the researchers wrote.

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