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Thousands of Britons could be infected with HEPATITIS after eating sausages from EU pigs

THOUSANDS of Britons may be infected with Hepatitis E after eating sausages and pork products from the EU, experts have warned.

The virus, which can cause liver cirrhosis and neurological damage, is carried by pigs in Europe, mainly in Germany and the Netherlands.Worrying new research claims imported pork infects between 150,000 and 200,000 British people a year with the virus.

UK pigs do not carry the strain, which is officially called HEV G3-2.

Public Health England (PHE) said they had all bought own-brand sausages or pre-packed sliced ham from the same UK supermarket chain.

But both PHE and the Food Standards Agency have refused to name the shop in question, instead identifying it only as “Supermarket X”.


Hepatitis E is carried by pigs in Europe, mainly in Germany and Holland

The report said: “The implicated products are pork sausages, which require cooking prior to consumption, and ready-to-eat pre-packed sliced ham.After looking at different brands of sausage the authors concluded that: “Only Supermarket X, especially own brand, was significantly associated with HEV G3-2.”

Blood and transplants services have started screening all blood donations following the alarming findings.

Hepatitis E artworkGETTY FILE PICTURE

The virus can liver cirrhosis and neurological damage, experts have warned

I had to go into intensive care and I still have not recovered

Roy Van Den Heuvel

Roy Van Den Heuvel, from Falmouth, Cornwall, said he suffered a paralysed diaphragm after picking up the virus from infected Dutch salami.He told the Sunday Times: “I had to go into intensive care and I still have not recovered.”

Harry Dalton, a gastroenterologist at the University of Exeter, added: “In the past four years the number of HEV cases I see has surged.

“Three of my patients have died from HEV, all were older men with pre-existing liver damage.”


The research was only recently published due to the ‘sensitivity’ of the findings

The research began in 2014 and was completed early last year.However, it was only recently published due to the “sensitivity” of the findings.

A spokesman for PHE defended not naming the supermarket, saying: “The association with the supermarket does not infer any blame.”

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Margeret Robinson
Margeret Robinson

And the remainers complain about clorinated chicken from the usa

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