Evidence of autochthonous hepatitis E in a Portuguese pediatric cohort, 1992-1995

J. R. Mesquita, J. Abreu-Silva, J. C. Sousa, A. Aguiar, M. S. J. Nascimento*

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Despite the growing importance of hepatitis E virus (HEV) in industrialized countries, minimal attention has been given to autochthonous HEV infection in children. The present study screened archived sera (N=71) from a Portuguese pediatric cohort collected in 1992-1995 for the presence of antibodies against HEV, using enzyme immunoassays and immunodot. Anti-HEV IgG was detected in two children and anti-HEV IgM in one, suggesting an acute HEV infection. This shows that HEV was circulating in the paediatric population of Portugal in the early 1990s.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)919-921
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Medical Virology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Archived sera
  • Autochthonous
  • Children
  • Hepatitis E


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