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Volume 18, Number 8—August 2012


Hepatitis E Virus Strains in Rabbits and Evidence of a Closely Related Strain in Humans, France

Jacques IzopetComments to Author , Martine Dubois, Stéphane Bertagnoli, Sébastien Lhomme, Stéphane Marchandeau, Samuel Boucher, Nassim Kamar, Florence Abravanel, and Jean-Luc Guérin
Author affiliations: Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, Toulouse, France (J. Izopet, M. Dubois, S. Lhomme, N. Kamar, F. Abravanel); Faculté de Médecine Toulouse-Purpan, Université Toulouse III Paul-Sabatier, Toulouse (J. Izopet, S. Lhomme, N. Kamar, F. Abravanel); Le Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse, Toulouse (J. Izopet, M. Dubois, S. Lhomme, N. Kamar, F. Abravanel); École Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse, Toulouse (S. Bertagnoli, J.-L. Guérin); Office National de la Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage, Nantes, France (S. Marchandeau); and Labovet, Les Herbiers, France (S. Boucher )

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Table 4

Percent identities of full-length sequences among HEV strains from rabbits and other HEV strains, France*

Virus strain HEV strains, % identity
GU937805-China-rabbit 85.0 73.0–73.7 72.2 76.3–78.2 72.9–73.9
W7–57-wild-rabbit 80.3 72.7–73.4 73.5 76.2–77.6 73.2–73.6
W1–11-wild-rabbit 80.6 73.2–73.7 73.4 76.1–78.0 74.2–74.9

*HEV, hepatitis E virus; HEV1 (M73218–1a-Burma, D11093–1b-Japan, X98292–1c-India, AY204877–1e-Chad, AY230202–1d-Morocco); HEV2 (M774506–2a-Mexico) ; HEV3 (AF060669–3a-USA, AY115488–3j-Canada-Sw, AB291963–3b-Japan, TLS-TR19–3c, TLS-TR02–3e, AB481226–3e-Japan-Sw,EU495148–3f-France,AF455784–3g-kyrgyzstan-Sw); HEV4 (AB099347–4c-Japan, AB108537–4g-China, AY594199–4d-China-Sw).

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