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Human herpes virus type 8 seroprevalence in pregnant women in Geneva, Switzerland

Steffen, Ingrid
Cantero, Pablo
Published in The Journal of Maternal - Fetal & Neonatal Medicine. 2011, vol. 24, no. 1, p. 183-5
Abstract Because of increasing migration, European countries are facing new pathogens and diseases, such as human herpes virus-8 (HHV-8). We assessed the prevalence of HHV-8 using a new ELISA test in 140 pregnant women delivering in Geneva (Switzerland). The prevalence of HHV-8 was 7.9% globally and up to 33.3% in the African subpopulation. Seropositive women were more frequently older (≥32 years old) than seronegative ones: 81.8% vs. 43%; p = 0.023, respectively. In conclusion, HHV-8 infection is present in European pregnant women. Attention should be given to the emergence of infectious diseases, such as HHV-8, and their impact on health in nonendemic countries.
Keywords AdolescentAdultAntibodies, Viral/bloodCohort StudiesEnzyme-Linked Immunosorbent AssayFemaleHerpesviridae Infections/epidemiologyHerpesvirus 8, Human/immunologyHumansPregnancy/immunologyPregnancy Complications, Infectious/epidemiologySeroepidemiologic StudiesSwitzerland/epidemiologyYoung Adult
PMID: 20569167
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MARTINEZ DE TEJADA WEBER, Begona et al. Human herpes virus type 8 seroprevalence in pregnant women in Geneva, Switzerland. In: Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, 2011, vol. 24, n° 1, p. 183-5. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:21430

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