Arquivo Brasileiro de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia
Print version ISSN 0102-0935
MOMTAZ, H.; RAHIMI, E.; HAJIAN, S. and MOMENI, M.. Prevalence of hepatitis A virus in sea food in Iran. Arq. Bras. Med. Vet. Zootec. [online]. 2012, vol.64, n.4, pp. 887-890. ISSN 0102-0935. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-09352012000400015.
The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) in sea food samples in the Isfahan and Shahrekord townships in Iran. From September 2010 to April 2011, a total of 300 samples of fresh fish, shrimp, crab and lobster were obtained from randomly selected retail stores in the Isfahan and Shahrekord townships in Iran. The samples were tested for the presence of HAV using a reverse transcriptase- polymerase chain reaction method. Out of the total number of samples examined, 8 (2.7%) were found to be positive for HAV. This virus was detected in 5% and 1.7% of fresh fish and shrimp, respectively. This study shows the importance of sea food as potential sources of HAV infection in people in Iran.
Keywords : HAV; sea food; RT-PCR; Iran.