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Volume 17, Number 12—December 2011


Hepatitis E Virus in Rats, Los Angeles, California, USA

Robert H. Purcell, Ronald E. Engle, Michael P. Rood, Yamina Kabrane-Lazizi1, Hanh T. Nguyen, Sugantha Govindarajan, Marisa St. Claire2, and Suzanne U. EmersonComments to Author 
Author affiliations: National Institutes of Health, Bethesda Maryland, USA (R.H. Purcell, R.E. Engle, Y. Kabrane-Lazizi, H.T. Nguyen, S.U. Emerson); Department of Public Health Services, Los Angeles, California, USA (M.P. Rood); Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, Downey, California, USA (S. Govindarajan); Bioqual, Inc., Rockville, Maryland, USA (M. St. Claire)

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Table 4

Pairwise identity comparisons of a 327-nt fragment amplified from ORF1 of rat HEV, Los Angeles, California, USA*

Strain % Identity
Rat B350 Ger 715 Ger 719
Rat B350 87.5 85.3
Ger 715 96.3 86.2
Ger 719 96.3 95.4

*Values above the diagonal are nucleotide identities; values below the diagonal are amino acid identities. ORF, open reading frame; HEV, hepatitis E virus. Rat B350, GenBank accession no. JF516246; Ger 715, accession no. GQ504009.1; Ger 719, accession no GQ504010.1.

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1Current affiliation: Embassy of France, Beijing, People’s Republic of China.

2Current affiliation: National Institutes of Health, Frederick, Maryland, USA.