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CASE REPORT
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 82-84

A case of Hepatitis E in a blood donor


1 Department of Transfusion Medicine, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Microbiology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Anita A Tendulkar
6th Floor, Service Block, Tata Memorial Hospital, E Borges Road, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-6247.150959

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The threat of hepatitis E is being felt in blood banks in recent times. The disease is usually self-limiting, but may progress to a fulminant fatal form. We report a unique case of a hepatitis E virus (HEV)-positive asymptomatic blood donor who later developed jaundice and informed the blood bank. A blood donor passed all eligibility criteria tests and donated blood. After 20 days, the blood bank was informed by the donor that he had developed vomiting and jaundice 1 day postdonation. He was investigated by a local laboratory 1 day postdonation for liver profile, which was high. There had been a major outbreak in his community of similar symptoms during the same period. HEV IgM antibody by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay was positive. Silent infections may be lurking in apparently healthy donors. Donors need to be encouraged to revert in case of any significant developments after donation and maintain open channels of communication.


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