Hepatitis E virus, commonly known as HEV, is a type of virus that can cause liver inflammation and damage. This virus is transmitted primarily through contaminated water or food, and is most prevalent in developing countries with poor sanitation.

While the symptoms of HEV can be similar to other forms of hepatitis, the illness is usually self-limiting and does not typically lead to chronic liver disease. However, in certain cases, such as in pregnant women or people with pre-existing liver conditions, HEV can lead to more severe complications.

The best way to prevent HEV is to practice good hygiene, such as washing hands frequently and avoiding drinking water or eating food that may be contaminated. In some cases, a vaccine may also be available to help prevent contracting HEV.

If you suspect you may have been exposed to HEV or are experiencing symptoms such as fever, nausea, or jaundice, it is important to seek medical attention. Treatment may include rest, hydration, and medications to manage symptoms and prevent complications.