Evidence of Autochthonous Hepatitis E in a Portuguese Pediatric Cohort, 1992–1995

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Abstract

Despite the growing importance of hepatitis E virus (HEV) in industrialized countries, minimal attention has been given to autochthonous HEV infection in children. The present study screened archived sera (N = 71) from a Portuguese pediatric cohort collected in 1992–1995 for the presence of antibodies against HEV, using enzyme immunoassays and immunodot. Anti-HEV IgG was detected in two children and anti-HEV IgM in one, suggesting an acute HEV infection. This shows that HEV was circulating in the paediatric population of Portugal in the early 1990s. J. Med. Virol. 88:919–921, 2016. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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