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Lett Appl Microbiol. 2007 Jul;45(1):1-5.

Hepatitis A virus detection in food: current and future prospects.

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  • 1Enteric Virus Laboratory, Department of Microbiology, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.


Hepatitis A virus (HAV) is responsible for around half of the total number of hepatitis infections diagnosed worldwide. HAV infection is mainly propagated via the faecal-oral route and as a consequence of globalisation, transnational outbreaks of foodborne infections are reported with increasing frequency. Molecular procedures are now available and should be employed for the direct surveillance of HAV in food and environmental samples.

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