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Clin Microbiol Infect. 2011 Nov;17(11):E1-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-0691.2011.03652.x. Epub 2011 Sep 21.

Survival of hepatitis A and E viruses in soil samples.

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National Institute of Virology, Microbial Containment Complex, Pashan, Pune, India.


Survival of hepatitis A virus (HAV) and hepatitis E virus (HEV) in soil samples spiked with respective viruses was analysed using real-time PCR. Virus-spiked soil samples were incubated at environmental temperature (ET) and 37°C and processed weekly. Both HAV and HEV were less stable at fluctuating ET than at 37°C. Of the 403 soil samples collected in the vicinity of Mutha river, India, 19.1% and 4.9% were found to be contaminated with HAV and HEV, respectively.

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