A patient-control study in the Netherlands has identified traditional Dutch dry raw sausages as the main transmission route for hepatitis E virus to the general population.

Researchers said prevalence and cause of hepatitis E virus (HEV) contamination of pork muscle meat products requires further investigation. Traditional Dutch dry raw sausages of pork muscle meat, called “cervelaat,” “snijworst,” and “boerenmetworst” were reported by 72 percent of the patients, and 46 percent of controls. Direct contact with pigs and working with septic tanks are strong risk factors, according to the researchers.

The number of cases with HEV genotype 3 in many European
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There has been a dramatic increase in the number of hepatitis E cases in France since 2010, according to researchers.

The rise can be attributed to the availability of hepatitis E virus (HEV) diagnostic tests and a better understanding of infection causing an increase in the number of people being tested and the incidence of autochthonous cases.

Pork, the main reservoir of HEV in France, can be the origin of food transmission, especially products made from raw liver. Research has shown swine are the main reservoir because of a high prevalence of HEV infection on pig farms. Prevention is based
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V&T Meat and Food of Calgary, Alberta, and Hiep Thanh Trading of Edmonton, Alberta, are recalling certain raw pork products from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. Consumers, food service establishments, retailers, distributors and manufacturers in Alberta should not consume, serve, use, or sell certain raw pork products sold by these two retailers/distributors because the raw pork products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The affected raw pork products have only been distributed in Alberta. All raw pork products sold from these locations during the identified time periods are affected by this recall.

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