Acute hepatitis E virus infection in a Cuban patient [1]

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Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is an important cause of jaundice in developing countries in tropical and subtropical regions. The virus is transmitted via the fecal-oral route, although the possibility for zoonotic acquisition of HEV infection has been suggested by several studies. Lemos et al., in a seroprevalence survey, demonstrated that HEV could have been responsible for a considerable number of sporadic viral hepatitis episodes in Cuban patients. In August 2003 a 22-year-old man living in a suburb of Havana City was admitted to the gastroenterology service of the Pedro Kouri Institute. He had not previously traveled abroad and had had no contact with people who had recently arrived from other countries. The patient did not have a history of jaundice, blood transfusion, tattoos or intravenous drug use. He reported 14 days of anorexia and general malaise before progressively developing jaundice, dark urine and pale feces. A blood sample was negative for hepatitis A virus IgM antibodies; hepatitis B surface antigen; hepatitis B core antibody and hepatitis C virus antibodies using commercially available kits. (excerpt)

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Montalvo Villalba, M. D. L. C., Aválos, A. T., Rodríguez Lay, L. D. L. Á., Goyenechea Hernández, A. D. J., Corredor, M. B., Moreno, A. G., & Frometa, S. S. (2005, September). Acute hepatitis E virus infection in a Cuban patient [1]. International Journal of Infectious Diseases. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijid.2004.10.003

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