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

Published inJournal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine, vol. 24, no. 1, p. 183-185
Publication date2011
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
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Antibodies, Viral/blood
  • Cohort Studies
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
  • Female
  • Herpesviridae Infections/epidemiology
  • Herpesvirus 8, Human/immunology
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy/immunology
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious/epidemiology
  • Seroepidemiologic Studies
  • Switzerland/epidemiology
  • Young Adult
Citation (ISO format)
MARTINEZ DE TEJADA WEBER, Begona et al. Human herpes virus type 8 seroprevalence in pregnant women in Geneva, Switzerland. In: Journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine, 2011, vol. 24, n° 1, p. 183–185. doi: 10.3109/14767058.2010.482623
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