Hepatitis E Virus in Rats, Los Angeles, California, USA
Robert H. Purcell, Ronald E. Engle, Michael P. Rood, Yamina Kabrane-Lazizi1
, Hanh T. Nguyen, Sugantha Govindarajan, Marisa St. Claire2
, and Suzanne U. Emerson
Author affiliations: National Institutes of Health, Bethesda Maryland, USA (R.H. Purcell, R.E. Engle, Y. Kabrane-Lazizi, H.T. Nguyen, S.U. Emerson); Department of Public Health Services, Los Angeles, California, USA (M.P. Rood); Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, Downey, California, USA (S. Govindarajan); Bioqual, Inc., Rockville, Maryland, USA (M. St. Claire)
Figure 1. Relationship between prevalence of antibodies against hepatitis E virus (HEV) and weight of Rattus norvegicus rats trapped in Los Angeles, California, USA. Rats reach sexual maturity at a weight of ≈150–200 g. White bars indicate IgG, and black bars indicate IgM. Numbers at the top of each bar indicate sample size.
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