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Volume 16, Number 11—November 2010

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Hepatitis E Virus Infection in Sheltered Homeless Persons, France

Mamadou Kaba, Philippe Brouqui, Hervé Richet, Sekené Badiaga, Pierre Gallian, Didier Raoult, and Philippe ColsonComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Centre Hospitalo–Universitaire Timone, Marseille, France (M. Kaba, P. Colson); Université de la Méditerranée, Marseille (M. Kaba, P. Brouqui, H. Richet, S. Badiaga, D. Raoult, P. Colson); Hôpital Nord, Marseille (P. Brouqui, S. Badiaga); d Etablissement Français du Sang Alpes-Méditerranée, Marseille (P. Gallian)

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Age, duration of homelessness, and liver biochemical test results for 490 homeless persons, Marseilles, France, 2003, 2005, and 2006*

Variable HEV IgM
HEV IgG
Positive Negative p value Positive Negative p value
Age, y, mean ± SD 37 ± 12 43 ± 14 0.13 45 ± 15 43 ± 14 0.24
Duration of homelessness, mo, mean ± SD 39 ± 38 49 ± 85 0.36 48 ± 78 49 ± 85 0.28
Liver biochemical tests,† mean ± SD, IU/L
Alanine aminotransferase levels‡ 93 ± 119 32 ± 31 0.99 36 ± 32 32 ± 33 0.49
Aspartate aminotransferase levels§ 49 ± 54 34 ± 43 0.99 34 ± 32 34 ± 44 0.79
γ-Glutamyl transferase¶ 401 ± 547 65 ± 137 0.92 76 ± 136 68 ± 147 0.44

*HEV, hepatitis E virus; Ig, immunoglobulin.
†Assessed only in 2005 for 209 homeless persons.
‡Data missing for 11 persons.
§Data missing for 10 persons.
¶Data missing for 9 persons.

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