Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover (TiHo)

Hepatitis E virus infection in European brown hares, Germany, 2007-2014

Corman, Victor Max; Hilgensloh, Laura; Voigt, Ulrich ORCID; Marklewitz, Marco ORCID; Siebert, Ursula ORCID; Drosten, Christian; Drexler, Jan Felix

Rabbit-associated hepatitis E viruses (HEVs) cause zoonotic infections. We investigated 2,389 hares in Germany during 2007-2014. Complete genome characterization of a hare-associated HEV strain revealed close genomic relatedness to rabbit-associated HEV strains. Although hare-specific HEV seroprevalence was low, at 2.6%, hares represent a potential source of sporadic HEV infections.


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