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Biological 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.

Original publication

DOI

10.1128/JCM.02245-08

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Clin Microbiol

Publication Date

06/2009

Volume

47

Pages

1931 - 1933

Keywords

Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Blood, Child, Child, Preschool, Desiccation, Disease Outbreaks, Hepatitis Antibodies, Hepatitis E, Hepatitis E virus, Humans, Middle Aged, Refugees, Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction, Serum, Specimen Handling, Sudan, Young Adult