Hepatitis E Virus Antibodies in Blood Donors, France
Published Date:Dec 2011
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 17(12):2309-2312.
Communicable Diseases, Emerging
Hepatitis E Virus
Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction
Description:Using a validated sensitive assay, we found hepatitis E virus (HEV) IgG in 52.5% of voluntary blood donors in southwestern France. This finding suggests HEV is highly endemic to this region. The high HEV prevalence may reflect local dietary practices, such as eating uncooked pork and game products.
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