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DETECTION OF HEPATITIS E VIRUS RNA FROM THE BIVALVE YAMATO-SHIJIMI (CORBICULA JAPONICA) IN JAPAN

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  • 1 Department of Virology II, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo Japan

To evaluate whether bivalves are contaminated with hepatitis E virus (HEV), samples of a bivalve called Yamato-Shijimi (Corbicula japonica) 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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