Hepatitis D virus: an update

@article{Pascarella2011HepatitisDV,
  title={Hepatitis D virus: an update},
  author={St{\'e}phanie Pascarella and Francesco Negro},
  journal={Liver International},
  year={2011},
  volume={31}
}
Hepatitis D virus (HDV) infection involves a distinct subgroup of individuals simultaneously infected with the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and characterized by an often severe chronic liver disease. HDV is a defective RNA agent needing the presence of HBV for its life cycle. HDV is present worldwide, but the distribution pattern is not uniform. Different strains are classified into eight genotypes represented in specific regions and associated with peculiar disease outcome. Two major specific… 
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