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Emerg Infect Dis. 2015 Jul;21(7):1224-6. doi: 10.3201/eid2107.141909.

Wildlife Reservoir for Hepatitis E Virus, Southwestern France.

Abstract

Pigs are a reservoir for hepatitis E virus (HEV). To determine the relative contribution of game to the risk for human HEV infection in southwestern France, we tested wildlife samples. HEV RNA was in 3.3% of wildlife livers, indicating that in this region, eating game meat is as risky as eating pork.

KEYWORDS:

France; hepatitis; hepatitis E virus; reservoir; viruses; wildlife

PMID:
26079541
PMCID:
PMC4480389
DOI:
10.3201/eid2107.141909
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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