Publication details

Hepatitidis E virus

Authors

KUBANKOVA M NEMECEK V CHALUPA P MIHALČIN Matúš VASICKOVA P

Year of publication 2016
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Čs. epidemiologie, mikrobiologie, imunologie
Citation
Keywords hepatitis E; zoonosis; food-borne infection
Description The number of detected cases of hepatitis E (HE) shows an increasing trend in the Czech Republic, probably due the introduction of new diagnostic methods and greater awareness of HE. In most cases, the source of infection has remained unconfirmed or entirely unclear. The causative agent, toe hepatitis E virus (HEV), belongs to the Hepeviridae family Recently, many isolates from mammals, birds, and fish have been identified. REV is widespread among farm gigs and wild boar populations all over the word. Both species serve as HEV reservoirs. Consumption of undercooked meat or offal from the reservoir animals is considered to be unsafe due to zoonotic transmission of HEV. The aim of the present article is to summarize recent findings regarding HEV.