Hepatitis E Virus Infection in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients, France

Emerg Infect Dis. 2017 Feb;23(2):353-356. doi: 10.3201/eid2302.161094.


The rate of transfusion-transmitted hepatitis E virus (HEV) in transplant recipients is unknown. We identified 60 HEV-positive solid organ transplant patients and retrospectively assessed their blood transfusions for HEV. Seven of 60 patients received transfusions; 3 received HEV-positive blood products. Transfusion is not the major route of infection in this population.

Keywords: France; blood transfusion; hepatitis E; hepatitis E virus; solid organ transplant patients; viruses.

MeSH terms

  • Blood Transfusion
  • France / epidemiology
  • Genes, Viral
  • Hepatitis E / epidemiology*
  • Hepatitis E / etiology*
  • Hepatitis E virus* / classification
  • Hepatitis E virus* / genetics
  • Humans
  • Organ Transplantation / adverse effects*
  • Phylogeny
  • Viral Load