First Detection of Hepatitis E Virus in Shellfish and in Seawater from Production Areas in Southern Italy

G La Rosa, Y T R Proroga, D De Medici, F Capuano, M Iaconelli, S Della Libera, E Suffredini

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Abstract

Shellfish samples (n = 384) from production areas, water samples from the same areas (n = 39) and from nearby sewage discharge points (n = 29) were analyzed for hepatitis E virus (HEV) by real-time and nested RT-PCR. Ten shellfish samples (2.6%) and five seawater samples (12.8%) tested positive for HEV; all characterized strains were G3 and showed high degree of sequence identity. An integrated surveillance in seafood and waters is relevant to reduce the risk of shellfish-associated illnesses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-131
Number of pages5
JournalFood and Environmental Virology
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018

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