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1st Essen Hepatitis E Symposium

Symposium, Fortbildung.

Dear colleagues and friends! Hepatitis E virus infection is the most common cause of acute viral hepatitis in Europe. The number of diagnosed cases increased dramatically in many countries during recent years but we are only in the beginning to understand the true importance of this infectious disease. Over the last years it became evident that HEV infection may take chronic courses in immunocompromised individuals, that a variety of extrahepatic manifestations are possibly caused by HEV, that antiviral therapy with ribavirin is effective in many but not all patients with persistent infection, that pigs are an important animal reservoir even though a variety of other animals may become infected with HEV, and that the virus can be transmitted by blood products- which has been underestimated in many countries. In addition, there is emerging data in basic virology and immunology leading to a better understanding of the pathophysiology of HEV-induced hepatitis. Considering this growing interest in hepatitis E, we feel that is timely to discuss and exchange the emerging data both in clinical as well as in basic science. We therefore invite you to participate in the international Essen Hepatitis E Symposium. The symposium will take on the campus of Essen University Hospital in the heart of the Rhine-Ruhr area, the largest metropolitan region in Germany with over 10 million inhabitants. Essen has been the European Capital of Culture in 2010 and the European Green Capital in 2017. On behalf of the International Organizing Committee, I invite you to join us in Essen in February 2019! Heiner Wedemeyer