Hepatitis E Virus in Pork Liver Sausage, France

Berto, A.; Grierson, S.; Hakze-van der Honing, R.W. van der; Martelli, F.; Johne, R.; Reetz, J.; Ulrich, R.G.; Pavio, N.; Poel, W.H.M. van der; Banks, M.


We investigated viability of hepatitis E virus (HEV) identified in contaminated pork liver sausages obtained from France. HEV replication was demonstrated in 1 of 4 samples by using a 3-dimensional cell culture system. The risk for human infection with HEV by consumption of these sausages should be considered to be high.