The seroprevalence of antibodies to HEV was determined in three different Italian populations (volunteer blood donors, normal healthy individuals, and intravenous drug users [IVDUs]). The seroprevalence in the populations ranged from 0.74% to 1.94%, with higher rates among IVDUs and individuals over 40 years of age. None of 35 patients diagnosed with acute hepatitis A but 10 of 153 (6.5%) patients with acute nonA, nonB, nonC hepatitis were found to be positive for anti-HEV antibody. One of these antibody positive cases was linked to travel, while the remaining 9 were not associated with travel to endemic areas. These data suggest a possible low circulation of HEV in Italy.
Hepatitis type E in Italy : a seroepidemiological survey / A.R. Zanetti, G.J. Dawson, L. Romanò, E. Tanzi, A. Mele, M. Rapicetta, T. Stroffolini, R.A. Cargnel, L.V. Chircu, G. Manzillo, F. Mazzotta, M. Puoti, P. Vigano, G.M. Vigevani, L. Sagliocca, P. Bonino, F. D'Agostino, A. Boschini, C. Galli, A. Ritter. - In: JOURNAL OF MEDICAL VIROLOGY. - ISSN 0146-6615. - 42:3(1994 Mar), pp. 318-320.
|Titolo:||Hepatitis type E in Italy : a seroepidemiological survey|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/42 - Igiene Generale e Applicata|
|Data di pubblicazione:||mar-1994|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jmv.1890420321|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|