New Virus Discovered: Human Hepegivirus-1 (HHpgV-1)
What Is Hepegivirus? New Virus Similar To Hepatitis C Discovered In Blood Supply
By Sarah Berger on September 24, 2015
Scientists have discovered a virus that shares features with hepatitis C. The virus, named human hepegivirus-1 (HHpgV-1), can be transmitted by blood transfusions and other blood-based products, a team of scientists reported in the medical journal mBio.
“We have been able to find a new virus. It’s clearly transmitted as a result of human (blood) transfusion,” said infectious disease expert Dr. Ian Lipkin, who oversaw the study team at Columbia University, NBC News reported this week. “It is the first transfusion-associated virus that’s been described in a long time. We don’t know if it is going to be a significant cause of human hepatitis.”
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