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FSAI warns PORK MEAT to be cooked thoroughly to prevent Hepatitis E Virus Infection

FSAI advises that pork meat should be cooked thoroughly to prevent hepatitis E virus infection.

In developed countries hepatitis E was traditionally considered to be an infection associated with travel to areas with poor sanitation, however, it is increasingly being recognised as a disease that can be acquired within developed countries. Hepatitis E virus infections have been linked to the consumption of raw or undercooked pork or game meat. Exposure to animals, particularly pigs, has also been reported as another means of acquiring the Hepatitis E Virus.

Hepatitis E virus can result in liver failure in patients with pre-existing liver disease. It may also lead to chronic hepatitis in immunosuppressed patients.

It is a notifiable disease in Ireland at the end of 2015.  The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) in 2016 reports 90 cases.  The FSAI is not aware of any foodborne outbreaks, however, they believe it possible that some of the 90 Irish reported cases could have been because of consumption of undercooked pork meat or liver.

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