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Volume 15, Number 5—May 2009

Research

Virulent Strain of Hepatitis E Virus Genotype 3, Japan

Kazuaki TakahashiComments to Author , Hiroaki Okamoto, Natsumi Abe, Manri Kawakami, Hiroyuki Matsuda, Satoshi Mochida, Hiroshi Sakugawa, Yoshiki Suginoshita, Seishiro Watanabe, Kazuhide Yamamoto, Yuzo Miyakawa, and Shunji Mishiro
Author affiliations: Toshiba General Hospital, Tokyo, Japan (K. Takahashi, N. Abe, S. Mishiro); Jichi Medical University School of Medicine, Tochigi, Japan (H. Okamoto); Kurashiki Medical Center, Okayama, Japan (M. Kawakami); Matsuda Naika Clinic, Tottori, Japan (H. Matsuda); Saitama Medical University, Saitama, Japan (S. Mochida); Heart-Life Hospital, Okinawa, Japan (H. Sakugawa); Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan (Y. Suginoshita); Kagawa Prefectural Central Hospital, Kagawa, Japan (S. Watanabe); Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Okayama (K. Yamamoto); Miyakawa Memorial Research Foundation, Tokyo (Y. Miyakawa)

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Table 1

Profiles of 8 patients infected with hepatitis E virus, JIO strain, Japan*

Patient no. Age, y/sex Residence Month of disease onset Diagnosis Nadir PT, % Presumed route of transmission Isolate name
1 50/M Saitama 1997 Apr Acute hepatitis 100 Unknown JIO-Sai97L
2 76/M Tottori 2004 Jan Acute hepatitis 92 Unknown JYM-Tot04L
3 63/M Okinawa 2004 May Acute hepatitis 46 Unknown JYU-Oki04L
4 71/F Okayama 2004 Dec Acute hepatitis 75 Pig liver JSS-Oka04L
5 65/M Tottori 2005 Jun Acute severe hepatitis 34 Unknown JIY-Tot05L
6 78/M Okinawa 2005 Jul Acute hepatitis 92 Pig meat JSO-Oki05L
7 63/M Kagawa 2006 Mar Acute hepatitis 45† Wild boar meat JTK-Kag06C
8 79/M Kyoto 2006 Sep Fulminant hepatitis 27 Unknown JSW-Kyo-FH06L

*PT, prothrombin time.
†Only 1 determination was made.

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