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Hepatitis E in Italy: a silent presence

Mauceri, Carlo and Clemente, Maria Grazia and Castiglia, Paolo Giuseppino and Antonucci, Roberto and Schwarz, Kathleen (2018) Hepatitis E in Italy: a silent presence. Journal of Infection and Public Health, Vol. 11 (1), p. 1-8. ISSN 1876-0341. Article.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.jiph.2017.08.004


Hepatitis E virus (HEV) was discovered in the 1980s and has been considered as being confined to developing countries. The purpose of this critical review was to determine the reported HEV seroprevalence rates in Italy, to identify predisposing factors and individuals at risk and to assess possible importation of HEV by immigrants. A critical review of 159 articles published in PubMed from 1994 to date was done. Only 27 original reports of 50 or more subjects, written in the English or Italian language, were included. Over three decades, the HEV seroprevalence varied from 0.12% to 49%, with the highest rates being reported from the central region of Italy. Risk factors included ingestion of raw pork or potentially contaminated food. The seroprevalence among immigrants ranged from 15.3% to 19.7% in Apulia. Italy has a population of 60656000; the total number of individuals surveyed was only 21.882 (0.036%). A national epidemiological survey program is needed to capture more comprehensive seroprevalence data.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:11845
Uncontrolled Keywords:Hepatitis E infection, epidemiology, seroprevalence, risk factors, immigrants, Italy
Subjects:Area 06 - Scienze mediche > MED/38 Pediatria generale e specialistica
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Scienze Chirurgiche, Microchirurgiche e Mediche
Copyright Holders:© 2017 The Authors. Production and hosting by Elsevier Limited on behalf of King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
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