Hepatitis E antibodies in laboratory rabbits from 2 US vendors
We tested laboratory rabbits from 2 US vendors for antibodies against hepatitis E virus (HEV); Seroprevalences were 40% and 50%. Retrospective analysis of an ocular herpes simplex 1 experiment demonstrated that HEV seropositivity had no effect on experiment outcome. HEV probably is widespread in research rabbits, but effects on research remain unknown.
Publication Source (Journal or Book title)
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Birke, L., Cormier, S., You, D., Stout, R., Clement, C., Johnson, M., & Thompson, H. (2014). Hepatitis E antibodies in laboratory rabbits from 2 US vendors. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 20 (4), 693-696. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2004.131229