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Korean Journal of Veterinary Research 2013;53(1):65-68.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.14405/kjvr.2013.53.1.065    Published online March 31, 2013.
Seroprevalence of hepatitis E virus in zoo animal species in Korea
Young-Jo Song1, Bo-Sook Kim2, Woo-Jung Park1, Byung-Joo Park1, Seul-Kee Lee1, Jong-Il Shin1, Nak-Hyung Lee1, Joong-Bok Lee1, Seung-Yong Park1, Chang-Seon Song1, Kun-Ho Seo3, In-Soo Choi4
1Department of Infectious Diseases, College of Veterinary Medicine, Konkuk University
2Seoul Zoo
3Department of Public Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, Konkuk University
4Veterinary Science Research Institute, College of Veterinary Medicine, Konkuk University
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) can infect not only human but also several animals. This study has been conducted to evaluate the comprehensive anti-HEV seroprevalence in zoo animals in Korea. Anti-HEV antibodies were identified in 14 of 64 zoo animal species. HEV antibodies were detected for the first time in Eurasian Lynx, Setland Pony, Fallow Deer, Ezo Sika, Formosa Deer, East Wapitis, Barasingha, Corriedale, American Bison, Guanacos, Reticulated Giraffe, and Saanen. These results indicate that the several zoo animal species were exposed to HEV.
Key Words: hepatitis E virus, seroprevalence, zoo animal species

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