Pig liver lovers beware: Similarities found between hepatitis E virus in humans, raw liver from markets
SINGAPORE - Lovers of under-cooked pig liver could be at higher risk of hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection, as a new study has found similarities between a strain of the bug found in humans and in raw pig liver bought from local markets.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
Researchers at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) discovered that the HEV strain in three in four samples of infected patients' blood has similar genetic features as the virus detected in three raw pork liver samples that were bought from local markets.
However, the infection can be dangerous for anyone with weak immune systems like transplant patients, or people with pre-existing chronic liver disease. It can cause severe liver disease or liver failure which can lead to death.
The study, which was led by SGH, found that the incidence of HEV among Singapore residents has more than doubled, from 1.7 cases per 100,000 residents in 2012, to 4.1 cases per 100,000 residents in 2016.
At the time, the virus was reportedly found in meat from farms in France, the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. It was contracted by eating infected pork products.Read more: The Straits Times
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