Volume 76, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


To evaluate whether bivalves are contaminated with hepatitis E virus (HEV), samples of a bivalve called Yamato-Shijimi () were examined for HEV by reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction. Genotype 3 HEV was detected from 2 of 32 packages of Yamato-Shijimi obtained from Japanese rivers, which indicated that HEV contaminates river water in Japan.


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  • Received : 19 Jun 2006
  • Accepted : 10 Sep 2006

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