Hepatitis E virus in wild boars and spillover infection in red and roe deer, Germany, 2013-2015

Anheyer-Behmenburg, Helena E.; Szabo, Kathrin; Schotte, Ulrich; Binder, Alfred; Klein, Günther; Johne, Reimar

To determine animal hepatitis E virus (HEV) reservoirs, we analyzed serologic and molecular markers of HEV infection among wild animals in Germany. We detected HEV genotype 3 strains in inner organs and muscle tissues of a high percentage of wild boars and a lower percentage of deer, indicating a risk for foodborne infection of humans.

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Anheyer-Behmenburg, Helena / Szabo, Kathrin / Schotte, Ulrich / et al: Hepatitis E virus in wild boars and spillover infection in red and roe deer, Germany, 2013-2015. 2017.

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