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Volume 17, Number 12—December 2011

Hepatitis E Virus Antibodies in Blood Donors, France

Jean-Michel Mansuy, Richard Bendall, Florence Legrand-Abravanel, Karine Sauné, Marcel Miédouge, Vic Ellis, Henri Rech, François Destruel, Nassim Kamar, Harry R. Dalton, and Jacques IzopetComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Hôpital Purpan, Toulouse, France (J.-M. Mansuy, F. Legrand-Abravanel, K. Sauné, M. Miédouge, J. Izopet); Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, Truro, UK (R. Bendall, V. Ellis, H.R. Dalton); Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, Toulouse (F. Legrand-Abravanel, K. Sauné, N. Kamar, J. Izopet); Université Toulouse III Paul Sabatier, Toulouse (K. Sauné, N. Kamar, J. Izopet); Etablissement Français du Sang Pyrénées-Méditerranée, Toulouse (H. Rech, F. Destruel); Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, Truro (H.R. Dalton); Hôpital Rangueil, Toulouse (N. Kamar)

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Table 1

Prevalence of HEV IgG, demographics, and potential risk factors for 512 blood donors, Midi-Pyrénées region, France, 2003–2004*

Analysis and risk factor
% Donors with HEV IgG
Odds ratio (95% CI)
p value
Univariate analysis
Age 1.24
(1.14–1.35) <0.001
Sex, M/F 51/55 1.14
(0.79–1.64) NS
Rural residence 59 2.27
(1.60–3.25) <0.001
Gardening 61 1.75
(1.22–2.5) <0.01
Kitchen gardening 69 2.23
(1.30–3.87) <0.001
Hunting 80 3.82
(1.41–10.4) <0.01
Contact with farm
animals 57 1.6
(1.12–2.29) <0.01
Contact with dogs 58 1.42
(0.99–2.0) NS
Contact with cats 59 1.49
(0.04–2.13) <0.05
Contact with horses 54 1.05
(0.35–3.17) NS
Contact with pigs 50 0.89
(0.25–3.11) NS
Contact with poultry 51 0.93
(0.49–1.80) NS
Contact with wild
animals 74 2.73
(1.20–6.23) <0.05
Travel outside France 52 0.54
(0.35–0.83) <0.01
Travel outside Europe 50 0.58
(0.38–0.89) <0.05
Multivariate analysis
Age 1.20
(1.10–1.31) <0.01
Rural residence 1.80
(1.24–2.62) <0.01
Hunting 4.11
(1.35–12.5) <0.05

Contact with cats



*HEV, hepatitis E virus; CI, confidence interval; NS, not significant.

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