Hepatitis E Virus Studied in Pork Food Chain

UK - Researchers have reported finding evidence for possible foodborne transmission of hepatitis E virus (HEV) during pork production.
calendar icon 4 March 2013
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Alessandra Berto and colleagues at the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency in Weybridge investigated contamination by HEV in the pork production chain in the United Kingdom in 2009-2010.

In their paper in Emerging Infectious Diseases, the report detecting HEV in pig liver samples in a slaughterhouse, in surface samples from a processing plant and in pork sausages and surface samples at point of sale.


Berto A., F. Martelli, S. Grierson and M. Banks. 2012. Hepatitis E virus in pork food chain, United Kingdom, 2009–2010. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 18(8):1358-1360. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/eid1808.111647

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