First Human Case of Rat Hepatitis Found in Hong Kong
BBC News, Sept. 28, 2018
For weeks, this headline dominated the hepatitis-related news. Photos of rats accompanied the story of a 56-year-old Hong Kong man who developed the world’s first known human case of rat hepatitis E. In short, previously this hepatitis E strain did not infect humans. It isn’t known how the man contracted the virus, but garbage bins outside his home were infested with rats. It is possible that food or water were contaminated by rat droppings.