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Volume 19, Number 2—February 2013

Letter

Imported Hepatitis E Virus, Central African Republic, 2011

Julie Bouscaillou, Narcisse Komas, Vianney Tricou, Emmanuel Nakouné, Benjamin Sélékon, Arnaud Fontanet, and Mirdad KazanjiComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Author affiliations: Institut Pasteur de Bangui, Bangui, Central African Republic (J. Bouscaillou, N. Komas, V. Tricou, E. Nakouné, B. Sélékon, M. Kazanji); Institut Pasteur, Paris, France (J. Bouscaillou, A. Fontanet); Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris (A. Fontanet)

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Chronology of events and clinical test results for 11 immigrants from India participating in a study of imported hepatitis E virus, Central African Republic, 2011*

Participant, region of origin
Arrived in Central African Republic
Symptomatic period, 2011
Biological specimen collected
Test result
IgM
rRT-PCR
blood
rRT-PCR
stool
AST, U/L†
ALT, U/L‡
1, Orissa 2011 Apr 29 NS Mid Jun + + + 852 791
2, Orissa 2011 Jun 4 NS Mid Jun + 22 14
3, Orissa 2011 Jun 4 Late Jun Mid Jun + 26 12
4, Orissa 2011 Jun 4 NS Mid Jun + 25 23
5, West Bengal 2011 Apr 5 Late Jun Mid Jun + 31 23
6, West Bengal 2010 Oct 10 Early Jul Mid Jun + 9 7
7, Orissa 2011 Apr 29 Late May Mid Jun + 23 18
8, Karnatanka 2011 Feb 23 Early May Mid Jun + 16 7
9, Orissa 2011 Jun 4 Early Jul Mid Jun + 19 12
10, West Bengal 2011 Apr 5 Early Jul Mid Jun + 24 23
NC, Orissa 2011 Apr 29 Early Jun Early Jun + + NA 2,100 840

*rRT-PCR, real-time reverse transcription PCR ; AST, aspartate aminotransferase; ALT, alanine aminotransferase; NS, not symptomatic; NC, participant whose case was notified ; NA, not available.
†Reference value 5–34 U/L.
‡Reference value 11–66 U/L.

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