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Bull Acad Natl Med. 2006 Apr-May;190(4-5):973-80.

[Autochthonous hepatitis E in France].

[Article in French]

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Institut de Mèdecine tropicale du Service de santé des armées, B.P. 46, 13998 Marseile Armées.


Hepatitis E must no longer be considered simply as an exotic disease occasionally imported from developing countries. Autochthonous hepatitis E exists in France. In spite of certain difficulties and limits, biological markers of hepatitis E have to be included in algorithms for etiological diagnosis of acute hepatitis, even if the patient has not recently traveled abroad. Based on a recombinant protein of the viral capsid, more sensitive serological assays should soon be available. The potential severity of hepatitis E, especially during pregnancy, calls for a national surveillance program, including evaluation of the animal reservoir and the risk associated with drinking water and food.

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