A new hepatitis E virus (HEV-7) was recently found in dromedaries and 1 human from the United Arab Emirates. We screened 2,438 dromedary samples from Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, and 4 African countries. HEV-7 is long established, diversified and geographically widespread. Dromedaries may constitute a neglected source of zoonotic HEV infections.
Rasche, A., Saqib, M., Liljander, A.M., Bornstein, S., Zohaib, A., Renneker, S., Steinhagen, K., Wernery, R., Younan, M., Gluecks, I., Hilali, M., Musa, B.E., Jores, J., Wernery, U., Drexer, J.F., Drosten, C. and Corman, V.M. 2016. Hepatitis E virus infection in dromedaries, North and East Africa, United Arab Emirates, and Pakistan, 1983–2015. Emerging Infectious Diseases 22(7).