A second case of rat hepatitis E has been reported in a human in Hong Kong, making it also the second recorded globally.
A 70-year-old woman from the Wong Tai Sin district of Hong Kong was diagnosed with the disease this month, according to Hong Kong’s Department of Health. She does not recall having direct contact with rodents or their excreta (feces and bodily fluids) and didn’t notice any rodents in her residence, the Department of Health said in a statement.
The woman was admitted to a public hospital on May 4, 2017, for headache, anorexia, malaise, abdominal pain and palpitations, which she had developed since May 1, 2017.
She soon recovered and was discharged four days later, on May 8. The woman had underlying illnesses, according to the Department of Health.
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