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Hepatitis E is the most common cause of acute viral hepatitis, causing approximately 20 million infections and 44,000 deaths every year. It is transmitted through faecal contamination of food and water. The fatality rate is up to 25% among pregnant women, as well as increasing the risk of spontaneous abortions and stillbirths. Outbreaks of hepatitis E have occurred since 2015 in Bentiu, the largest internally displaced persons camp in South Sudan. In the most recent outbreak 759 patients were confirmed with hepatitis E, 17 of whom died.