Published in Hepatitis Weekly, March 26th, 2001
Medical researchers have performed a multi-center study that concludes pigs are a natural reservoir for HEV. The virus causes liver disease in pigs, and can be transmitted to humans via fecal contamination or by HEV-infected pig livers transplanted into humans, P.G. Halbur and colleagues at Iowa State University propose.
The researchers infected two groups of disease-free pigs with an HEV strain obtained from a pig (group 2) or a strain obtained from a human (group 3). Another group of...
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