No need to worry about traces of Hepatitis E in some pork products

Scientists at the National Health Laboratory Service say there is no real crisis despite tests having found traces of the Hepatitis E virus in some pork products sold in Cape Town.

The hepatitis virus can cause jaundice, lack of appetite and nausea. In rare cases, it may lead to acute liver failure.

Eyewitness News reporter Kevin Brandt says he spoke to the scientists who say the tests were simply part of a research project and that there is no cause for alarm.

It was simply done because this is something that this group of scientists wanted to figure out for themselves, saying there is no real crisis, saying that there are antibodies against Hepatitis E.

Kevin Brandt, Reporter - EWN

Dr Stephen Korsman said that consumers should cook all pork properly as this will render the Hepatitis E virus non-infectious, basically putting an emphasis on the preparation when they do use pork products.

Kevin Brandt, Reporter - EWN

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