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Detection of hepatitis E virus (HEV) from porcine livers in Southeastern Germany and high sequence homology to human HEV isolates

Wenzel, Jürgen J ; Preiß, Julia ; Schemmerer, Mathias ; Huber, Barbara ; Plentz, Annelie ; Jilg, Wolfgang
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Date of publication of this fulltext: 11 Aug 2011 07:46


Abstract

BACKGROUND: Hepatitis E virus (HEV) has been identified as an emerging cause of infectious hepatitis over the last years in developed countries. In contrast to travel associated hepatitis E, zoonotic sources of infection are suspected for autochthonous cases in Europe. OBJECTIVE: Since pigs are known reservoirs of HEV, we tested porcine livers sold as food in Southeastern Germany for the presence ...

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