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Li T.-C.,Japan National Institute of Infectious Diseases | Ochiai S.,Japan Poliomyelitis Research Institute | Ishiko H.,Mitsubishi Group | Wakita T.,Japan National Institute of Infectious Diseases | And 2 more authors.
Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease | Year: 2012

Hepatitis E virus (HEV), a causative agent of human hepatitis E, is transmitted through an oral-fecal route, often by contaminated drinking water. Serum specimens were collected from 112 non-A, -B, and -C acute hepatitis patients from 1989 to 2004 in Japan. Of these, 24 patients were found to be positive for anti-HEV IgM and diagnosed with acute Hepatitis E. Seventeen of these patients had a clear history of traveling abroad before disease onset and were counted as cases of imported HEV infection. HEV RNA was detected in 16 of these imported cases, and the nucleotide sequences similar to those of HEV detected in India, Bangladesh, and China were identified. By phylogenetic analysis, the remaining imported case appeared to have been imported from India, even though the patient's travel history was uncertain. These results indicated that some sporadic cases of hepatitis E in Japan are caused by imported HEV, and that phylogenetic analyses enable us to identify the country or area where a patient has been infected. Source

Shirato H.,Japan National Institute of Infectious Diseases | Someya Y.,Japan National Institute of Infectious Diseases | Ochiai M.,Japan National Institute of Infectious Diseases | Horiuchi Y.,Japan National Institute of Infectious Diseases | And 9 more authors.
Vaccine | Year: 2014

As one aspect of its campaign to eradicate poliomyelitis, the World Health Organization (WHO) has encouraged development of the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) derived from the Sabin strains (sIPV) as an option for an affordable polio vaccine, especially in low-income countries. The Japan Poliomyelitis Research Institute (JPRI) inactivated three serotypes of the Sabin strains and made sIPV preparations, including serotypes 1, 2 and 3 D-antigens in the ratio of 3:100:100. The National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Japan, assessed the immunogenic stability of these sIPV preparations in a rat potency test, according to an evaluation method recommended by the WHO. The immunogenicity of the three serotypes was maintained for at least 4 years when properly stored under -70. °C. Based on these data, the sIPV preparations made by JPRI have been approved as national reference vaccines by the Japanese national control authority and used for the quality control of the tetracomponent sIPV-containing diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis combination vaccines that were licensed for a routine polio immunization in Japan. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. Source

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