Hepatitis E virus

Detection of hepatitis E virus genome in pig livers in Antioquia, Colombia

C. Gutiérrez-Vergara, Quintero, J., Duarte, J. F., Suescún, J. P., and López-Herrera, A., Detection of hepatitis E virus genome in pig livers in Antioquia, Colombia, vol. 14, pp. 2890-2899, 2015.

Hepatitis E is a form of endemic acute hepatitis found in humans in many countries worldwide and is caused by the hepatitis E Virus (HEV). Detection of HEV in pigs indicates that they may be carriers, possibly through zoonosis. The prevalence of HEV in pigs in Colombia is unknown. Studies in the US found that 11% of pig livers sold in grocery stores are contaminated with HEV. It is also known that HEV can be inactivated when cooked, as it is labile to high temperatures. The aim of this study was to determine HEV contamination in pig livers sold in Medellín, Antioquia.

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