Zoonotic Hepatitis E Virus

Zoonotic Hepatitis E Virus During the past ten years, several new hepatitis E viruses (HEVs) have been identified in various animal species. In parallel, the number of reports of indigenous hepatitis E in Western countries has increased as well, raising the question of what role these possible animal reservoirs play in human infections.

This review describes recent discoveries of animal HEVs and their classification within the Hepeviridae family, their zoonotic and species barrier crossing potential, possible use as models to study hepatitis E pathogenesis and transmission pathways identified from animal sources.

Zoonotic Hepatitis E Virus: Classification, Animal Reservoirs and Transmission Routes. (2016) Viruses 8(10): 270. doi:10.3390/v8100270.

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