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- The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene,
Hepatitis E in Singapore: A Case-Series and Viral Phylodynamics Study
The incidence of hepatitis E in Singapore appears to be increasing. A retrospective case‐series study of patients diagnosed with hepatitis E in a tertiary hospital from 2009 to 2013 was conducted. Of 16 cases, eight (50%) were solid‐organ transplant recipients (SOTRs), and 14 (88%) were found infected by genotype 3 hepatitis E virus (HEV‐3). Bayesian inferences based on HEV subgenomic sequences from seven cases suggest that HEV‐3 strains were introduced to Singapore as two principal lineages. Within limitations of the study, it can be inferred that one lineage, in the 3efg clade, emerged about 83 years ago, probably originating from Japan, whereas the other, in the 3abchij clade, emerged about 40 years ago, from the United States. Establishment and subsequent transmissions of strains from these two lineages likely contribute to the current endemicity of hepatitis E in Singapore.