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[Editorial] Growing concerns of hepatitis E in Europe

Hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection is an important cause of acute viral hepatitis worldwide, with an increasing incidence in Europe since 2010. Although it is difficult to know the real incidence because most HEV infections are asymptomatic or self-limiting, in some people—such as immunosuppressed individuals or those with pre-existing liver disease—HEV infection can progress to chronic disease.