Volume 77, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


We report the first hepatitis E infection case detected in a slaughterhouse worker. The identified strain belonged to genotype 3, subtype 3f. Partial sequence analysis of the strain isolated from his serum showed a percentage of nucleotide homology ranging from 83.4% up to 97.3% compared with European human and swine strains, respectively. These findings point strongly to hepatitis E virus as a vocationally acquired illness by means of the manipulation of infected organs from pigs.


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  • Received : 11 May 2007
  • Accepted : 14 Jul 2007

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