Hepatitis E Virus in Pork Liver Sausage, France

Emerging Infectious Diseases, 12/07/2012

The authors investigated viability of hepatitis E virus (HEV) identified in contaminated pork liver sausages obtained from France. HEV replication was demonstrated in 1 of 4 samples by using a 3–dimensional cell culture system. The risk for human infection with HEV by consumption of these sausages should be considered to be high. They conclude that pork liver sausages can contain infectious HEV and that consuming these products should be regarded as a risk factor for HEV infection. Furthermore, they have shown the potential of the 3D culture system to correlate the presence of HEV RNA with the presence of infectious HEV particles.

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