Hepatitis E Virus seroprevalence and chronic infections in patients with HIV, Switzerland.

Emerg Infect Dis 2011 Jun;17(6):1074-8

Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois and Lausanne University, Lausanne, Switzerland.

We screened 735 HIV-infected patients in Switzerland with unexplained alanine aminotransferase elevation for hepatitis E virus (HEV) immunoglobulin G. Although HEV seroprevalence in this population is low (2.6%), HEV RNA can persist in patients with low CD4 cell counts. Findings suggest chronic HEV infection should be considered as a cause of persistent alanine aminotransferase elevation.

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June 2011
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