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Volume 16, Number 12—December 2010

Dispatch

Increasing Contact with Hepatitis E Virus in Red Deer, Spain

Mariana BoadellaComments to Author , Maribel Casas, Marga Martín, Joaquín Vicente, Joaquim Segalés, José de la Fuente, and Christian Gortázar
Author affiliations: Author affiliations: Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos (CSIC-UCLM-JCCM), Ciudad Real, Spain (M. Boadella, J. Vicente, J. de la Fuente, C. Gortázar); Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal, Barcelona, Spain (M. Casas, M. Martín, J. Segalés); Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona (M. Martín, J. Segalés); Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA (J. de la Fuente)

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IgG serologic results for HEV and RT-PCR results in different regions and 2 red deer farms, Spain*

Region No. sites No. samples No. seropositive Prevalence, % (95% CI) RT-PCR
Cantábrico Occidental 3 122 21 17.2 (11.4–24.9) 2/14
Cantábrico Oriental 1 29 0 0.0 (0.0–11.5) 0
Sistema Central 1 16 0 0.0 (0.0–20.8) 0
Montes de Toledo 7 366 19 5.2 (3.2–8.0) 2/18
Valle del Guadiana 2 86 22 25.6 (17.3–35.9) 5/13
Sierra Morena 4 203 15 7.4 (4.3–11.9) 1/14
Doñana 3 70 22 31.4 (21.3–43.5) 1/21
Cádiz† 1 50 1 2.0 (0.1–10.6) 0
Navarra† 1 26 1 3.8 (0.2–18.8) 0
Total 23 968 101 10.4 (8.62–12.53) 11/81

*Ig, immunoglobulin; HEV, hepatitis E virus; CI, confidence interval; RT-PCR, reverse transcription–PCR.
†Red deer farms.

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