Outbreak of hepatitis E virus infection in Darfur, Sudan: effectiveness of real-time reverse transcription-PCR analysis of dried blood spots
AffiliationNational Reference Laboratory for Hepatitis E, Hospital Val-de-Grâce, Paris, France; Epicentre, Paris, France
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JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
AbstractBiological samples collected in refugee camps during an outbreak of hepatitis E were used to compare the accuracy of hepatitis E virus RNA amplification by real-time reverse transcription-PCR (RT-PCR) for sera and dried blood spots (concordance of 90.6%). Biological profiles (RT-PCR and serology) of asymptomatic individuals were also analyzed.