Blood Transfusion - 1 2015

Hepatitis E: an old infection with new implications
 
Authors:  Giuseppe Marano, Stefania Vaglio, Simonetta Pupella, Giuseppina Facco, Maria Bianchi, Gabriele Calizzani, Fabio Candura, Liviana Catalano, Blandina Farina, Monica Lanzoni, Vanessa Piccinini, Giancarlo M. Liumbruno, Giuliano Grazzini
Pages:  6-20
To cite this article:  Blood Transfus 2015; 13: 6-20
Doi:  10.2450/2014.0063-14
Published online:  12/09/2014

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The availability of safe blood and blood products is an important public health issue. Improvements in donor screening and testing, pathogen inactivation1 and removal methods, the use of serological tests with greater diagnostic efficacy and the introduction of nucleic acid testing (NAT) have resulted in a substantial drop in transfusion-transmitted infections over the last two decades2. Nonetheless, blood supplies remain vulnerable to emerging and re-emerging infections. In recent years, numerous infectious agents found worldwide have been identified or reconsidered as potential threats to blood supplies3-5. (...)
  
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