Estimating the Burden of Maternal and Neonatal Deaths Associated with Jaundice in Bangladesh: Possible Role of Hepatitis E Infection

This paper by Gurley et al. (2012) published in the American Journal of Public Health estimates the population-based incidence of maternal and neonatal mortality associated with hepatitis E virus (HEV) in Bangladesh. It looked at verbal autopsy data from 4 population-based studies in Bangladesh to calculate the maternal and neonatal mortality ratios associated with jaundice during pregnancy, and reviewed the published literature to estimate the proportion of maternal deaths associated with liver disease during pregnancy that were the result of HEV in hospitals.It found that Jaundice is frequently associated with maternal and neonatal deaths in Bangladesh, and that the published literature suggests that HEV may cause many of these deaths.

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