Hepatitis E Virus: First Description in a Pet House Rabbit. A New Transmission Route for Human?

  title={Hepatitis E Virus: First Description in a Pet House Rabbit. A New Transmission Route for Human?},
  author={C. Caruso and P. Modesto and R. Prato and F. E. Scaglione and L. De Marco and E. Bollo and P. Acutis and L. Masoero and S. Peletto},
  journal={Transboundary and emerging diseases},
  volume={62 3},
  • C. Caruso, P. Modesto, +6 authors S. Peletto
  • Published 2015
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Transboundary and emerging diseases
  • In this work, we identified for the first time hepatitis E virus (HEV) in a pet house rabbit, an adult 7 years old female of domestic rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus). Importantly, the resulting phylogenetic tree showed that the HEV strain identified in the pet house rabbit was closely related to a human HEV sequence; this finding reawakens concerns regarding the zoonotic risk represented by HEV in animals and expands to house rabbit the spectrum of potential source of infection for humans… CONTINUE READING
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