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Rat hepatitis is showing up in the
human population in Hong Kong
by Nathan'ette Burdine: May 16, 2020

The doctors and scientists in Hong Kong are scratching their heads, trying to figure out why rat hepatitis, hepatitis E virus (HEV), is showing up in the human population of patients at a local hospital in Hong Kong.

What sent everybody’s antennas up were some transplant (heart, liver, kidney, and lung) patients who ended up testing positive for rat hepatitis. The doctors were like, “We just performed this awesome liver transplant on this fella in Room 2B. He was a goner but now he’s a stayer. Let’s go check him out.”

The doctors checked his vital signs, his breathing, his heart rate, and then his blood. They were like, “His blood will turn out good too. He’s up. He’s talking and walking. So yeah, he’ll be good to go.” And then they got the results and saw that the man wasn’t so good to go because his blood had high levels of alanine aminotransferase (ALT).

ALT is an enzyme that your liver secrets in order to break down your food and turn it into energy that keeps your body going. When ALT goes up, that’s a sign that something is wrong. The something that is usually wrong is that hepatitis has gotten a hold of you.

So after the doctors in Hong Kong saw all of that ALT in the patient’s system, the doctors wanted to know “how this happened? Are we being punked?!”

Once they figured out they weren’t being punked, they all got together with some of Hong Kong’s leading infectious disease experts to try and figure out how, why, when, where, and what caused rat hepatitis to get into the body of patients who were laid up, recuperating in hospital beds.

Dr. Siddharth Sridhar, who’s an assistant professor in the Microbiology Department at the University of Hong Kong, is one of the leading experts lending his helpful hands to finding the answer as to why transplant patients were testing positive for rat hepatitis while they were recuperating in hospital beds.

From 2014 to 2017, Dr. Siddharth Sridhar and his band of infectious disease experts did a study at Queen Hospital in Hong Kong on patients who had contracted rat hepatitis.

A 56-year-old liver transplant patient, who had contracted rat hepatitis during his stay at the hospital, was one of the patients that Dr. Siddharth Sridhar and his band of infectious disease experts took a look at in order to see why it is he ended up with rat hepatitis while he was at the hospital.

Dr. Siddharth Sridhar and his team had to develop a test to check for rat hepatitis because the tests that are generally used are for detecting human hepatitis.

Y’all know, that hepatitis A virus that some of y’all get whenever y’all do that “oral stuff” with y’all’s mouths. Or, that good ol’ fashion hepatitis that your uncle gets from drinking too much Jack Daniels.

There’s a vaccination for that hepatitis A, but there isn’t one for the hepatitis your uncle gets from drinking his liver to death. Only way to get cured from that is to get a liver transplant or to pray to God to let Jesus lay his healing hands on you.

The fella with the rat hepatitis also had human hepatitis. The docs know he had it because he has those little soldiers, antibodies, stationed on his cells, ready to fight off the human hepatitis that tries to invade his cells again.

As for the rat hepatitis, the 56-year-old liver transplant patient had a strain of rat hepatitis that is very similar (93.7%) to a strain of rat hepatitis that is found in rats that hail from Vietnam.

Now, just so y’all know, the 56-year-old liver transplant patient lives in an area that is occupied by several families of rats that hail from Hong Kong.

It’s beyond Dr. Siddharth Sridhar and his team of experts as to why it is that the liver transplant patient was infected with the Vietnam rats’ strain of hepatitis and not the Hong Kong rats’ strain of hepatitis.

A person would think that not knowing the why, how, and when the liver transplant patient was infected with rat hepatitis would be enough to end any hopes of finding a treatment to get the man back up on his feet and going again.

But, unh-unh. The doctors were able to successfully treat the 56-year-old liver transplant patient by giving him Ribavirin. It’s just that nobody knows why, how, or when the 56-year-old liver transplant patient or any of the other patients, who were in Dr. Siddharth Sridhar and his team of experts’ study, ended up with rat hepatitis while recuperating in the hospital.

And as to be expected, the rats aren’t liking any of this bad attention they are getting for something that is increasingly looking like something that was done by the humans.

So, the rats have did what all living species do whenever they are getting bad press. The rats issued a statement. “We rats don’t rat out our fellow rats,” is what Mr. R, who is the spokesman of the rats, told everybody.

The thing the rats are worried about is that y’all humans will start sending out a whole bunch of rat kill squads if y’all start thinking that rat hepatitis is like the coronavirus in that all you have to do is breath and then, BAAM!, you got rat hepatitis.

The rats don’t need that type of heat on them. All they’re trying to do is live in peace. They don’t have time to be worried about y’all human beings and y’all’s diseases that y’all give to yourselves because y’all don’t know how to sneeze and cough without getting other folks infected.

Folks who end up with rat hepatitis generally get it by eating food that is contaminated with number twos or by eating raw pork, venison, and or boar meat compared to coronavirus which is transmitted through coughing and or sneezing.

Plus, your chances of dying from rat hepatitis is less than your chances of dying from that dreadful coronavirus. Therefore, don’t go sending out the Terminix, Orkin Man, or your Uncle Budd to off the rats.

The rats are just trying to do what you do, which is to live in your house without worrying about getting that coronavirus that you may have.


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