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Hepatitis E: Paradigm of a food-borne zoonotic emerging disease in Europe

  • Fechas:

    Del 04/06/18 al 05/06/18

  • Lugar:

    Sala de Conferencias, Centro VISAVET. Universidad Complutense Madrid, Madrid, España (mapa)

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Hepatitis E: Paradigm of a food-borne zoonotic emerging disease in Europe

The VISAVET centre of Complutense University of Madrid organize a MedVetNet workshop focused on HEV by a One Health approach (see programme), connecting professionals from different expertise areas (clinicians, veterinarians, epidemiologists, food officers and policy makers) from different European countries.

The global workshop objective will be to share and update the knowledge about HEV at European level with the ultimate goal of establishing a hepatitis E consortium and a network in order to apply for European calls (Horizon 2020).

Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is an under-recognised cause of acute hepatitis in high-income countries. Originally considered to be restricted to humans, it is now clear that HEV and HEV-like viruses have several animal reservoirs with complex ecology and genetic diversity. Although there is a single serotype, four major HEV genotypes (1-4) capable of infecting humans are currently recognized. Genotype 3 predominates in high-income countries, including those in Europe. Transmission of this genotype is usually zoonotic and has been linked mainly to the consumption of pork products, but also to wild boar, deer or shellfish. EFSA has recently published a scientific report, which highlights a Europe-wide increase in cases and emphases the need for more research efforts on the epidemiology, diagnosis and control of HEV. Standardised case definitions and testing policies (including the development, harmonization and standardization of the detection methodology) would allow a better understanding of the epidemiology of HEV as an emerging cause of liver-related morbidity in Europe. Despite of major recent developments in the epidemiology, treatment, and prevention of hepatitis E, some other gaps in knowledge need to be addressed (effective HEV control in meat production chains, need of blood products screening, refinement of treatment paradigms of acute and chronic hepatitis E, etc.)

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Monday 4th June 2018


08:30 – 09:00 REGISTRATION


09:00 – 09:15 Welcome

Dean's Office representative (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. UCM, Spain)

Director's Office representative (VISAVET Centre. UCM, Spain)

Dr. Joaquín Goyache (Organising Committee, VISAVET. UCM, Spain)


09:15 – 09:30 Hepatitis E Workshop: a brief introduction

Dr. Nerea García (VISAVET. UCM, Spain)


09:30 – 10:00 Public health risks associated with hepatitis E virus (HEV) as a food-borne pathogen

Dr. Ernesto Liébana (EFSA, Italy)




10:00 – 10:20 Hepatitis E in humans

Dr. Alfredo Pérez (Hospital 12 de Octubre, Spain)


10:20 – 11:10 COFFEE (">11:10 – 11:35 Hepatitis E virus in animals, food and where else?

Dr. Nicole Pavio (ANSES, France)


11:35 – 11:50 Increasing trends of hepatitis E observed in hospital registries data, Spain 1997-2015

Dr. Carmen Varela (ISCIII, Spain) *Selected oral presentation


11:50 – 12:10 Transmission of hepatitis E virus at the wildlife-livestock- human interface

Dr. Jose Francisco Ruiz-Fons (IREC, Spain)


12:10 – 12:35 Monitoring studies of food of animal origin in Poland - recent findings on HEV occurrence

Dr. Artur Rzezutka (National Veterinary Institute, Poland)


12:35 – 14:00 LUNCH (13:30 – 14:00 Optional visit to the VISAVET Centre)




14:00 – 14:15 New proposed HEV-3 sub-genotype related to acute hepatitis in Spain

Dr. Ana Avellón (ISCIII, Spain) *Selected oral presentation


14:15 – 14:40 Detection and typing of the zoonotic Hepatitis E viruses

Dr. Ilaria di Bartolo (Istituto Superiore di Sanità di Roma, Italy)


14:40 – 15:05 Methods for analysis of HEV infectivity and inactivation

Dr. Reimar Johne (Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, BfR, Germany)


15:05 – 16:00 COFFEE and POSTERS


16:00 – 16:05 Hepatitis E sponsor presentation

Biomérieux S.A.


16:05 – 16:25 Method comparison for the detection of Hepatitis E virus in lettuce and water samples

Dr. Gloria Sánchez (IATA-CSIC, Spain)


16:25 – 16:55 The communication challenge of infection diseases

Dr. José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno (VISAVET. UCM, Spain)


16:55 – 17:25 Hepatitis E diagnosis and epidemiology table discussion


20:00 DINNER


Tuesday 5th June 2018




09:00 – 09:20 Inactivation methods

Dr. David Rodríguez-Lázaro (Universidad de Burgos, Spain)


09:20 – 09:45 The role of the environment in transmission of Hepatitis E virus

Dr. Willemijn Lodder (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, RIVM, Netherlands)


09:45 – 10:00 Investigating the transmission of Hepatitis E virus within a UK pig farm: Does early mixing affect risk of infection in slaughter age pigs?

Dr. Susan Withenshaw (APHA, UK) *Selected oral presentation


10:00 – 10:25 Hepatitis E virus control in the pig reservoir

Dr. Wim van der Poel (Wageningen BioVeterinary Research, WUR, Netherlands)


10:25 – 11:00 COFFEE and POSTERS


11:00 – 11:15 Understanding hepatitis E virus (HEV) spread and persistence in pig farms using longitudinal field data

Dr. Morgane Salines (ANSES, France) *Selected oral presentation


11:15 – 11:45 Hepatitis-E in emergency context: the experience of Médecins Sans Frontières

Dr. Francisco Luquero (MSF, Switzerland)


11:45 – 12:15 Hepatitis E control and prevention table discussion


12:15 – 12:30 Closing of the meeting "> Ministry's representative (Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Spain)
Dr.  Joaquín Goyache (
Organising Committee, VISAVET. UCM, Spain)


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