Published in Hepatitis Weekly, December 7th, 1998
This finding is of great concern, researcher S. Pina and colleagues noted, because hepatitis E is not endemic in this area.
Raw sewage samples from Barcelona were analyzed by reverse transcriptase-PCR followed by nested PCR ("Characterization of a Strain of Infectious Hepatitis E Virus Isolated from Sewage in an Area Where Hepatitis E is Not Endemic," Applied Environmental Microbiology, November 1998;64(11):4485-4488).
One of the 37 tested samples showed a positive result for hepatitis E virus (HEV). The detected strain was amplified by...
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