LOW-PREVALENCE OF ANTIBODY TO HUMAN PARVOVIRUS B19 IN SINGAPORE

Citation
Y. Matsunaga et al., LOW-PREVALENCE OF ANTIBODY TO HUMAN PARVOVIRUS B19 IN SINGAPORE, Epidemiology and infection, 113(3), 1994, pp. 537-540
Citations number
16
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Infectious Diseases
Journal title
ISSN journal
0950-2688
Volume
113
Issue
3
Year of publication
1994
Pages
537 - 540
Database
ISI
SICI code
0950-2688(1994)113:3<537:LOATHP>2.0.ZU;2-5
Abstract
A seroepidemiological survey was conducted in Singapore to assess the prevalence of antibody to human parvovirus B19. Sera were collected fr om 600 healthy individuals between 6 months and over 50 years of age a nd tested for IgG antibody against B19 virus by antigen capture indire ct immunosorbent assay. The overall seropositivity rate was 16.2%. All the children under 5 years of age were seronegative. Antibody prevale nce increased gradually from 3.5% in school children (5-14 years of ag e) to 7.7% in age group 15-19 years and then to 10.3% in young adults (20-24 years of age). In the age group 25-34 years the prevalence was 28% and in the age group over 35 years 65% had parvovirus B19 antibody . The results of the survey indicate that there has been very low inci dence of Bl9 virus infection in Singapore during the last two decades.