Sunday, 16 February 2014

About 50% of pig farmers in Guangdong have hepatitis E

Hepatitis E is endemic in the pig herds of Guangdong, and this is reflected in high rates of the infection among swine herders, a study shows. About 50% of pig farmers in Guangdong show serological evidence of hepatitis E infection, and 38% of the general population have been infected by the disease spread by the faecal route, according to findings published in PLOS One. The epidemiological study of Guangdong people bwas carried out by Dr Liang Huanbin and colleagues at the Ministry of Agriculture Key Laboratory of Animal Vaccine Development, College of Veterinary Medicine, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou. It found that Hepatitis E infection rates were higher than in surrounding provinces such as Hunan (22%). The study also found that 60-90% of pig herds had the infection, which raised questions about the health risks of pork, the researchers said.

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