Australian national notifiable diseases case definitions
Hepatitis E case definition
This document contains the case definitions for Hepatitis E which is nationally notifiable within Australia. This definition should be used to determine whether a case should be notified.
Communicable Diseases Surveillance
Australian national notifiable diseases case definitions - Hepatitis E
ReportingOnly confirmed cases should be notified.
Confirmed caseA confirmed case requires laboratory definitive evidence only.
Laboratory definitive evidence1. Detection of hepatitis E virus by nucleic acid testing
2. Detection of hepatitis E virus in faeces by electron microscopy
3. Detection of IgM or IgG to hepatitis E virus. If the person has not travelled outside Australia in the preceding 3 months, the antibody result must be confirmed by specific immunoblot.