Hepatitis E Virus Studied in Pork Food Chain

4 March 2013, at 12:24am

UK - Researchers have reported finding evidence for possible foodborne transmission of hepatitis E virus (HEV) during pork production.

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:

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