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Serological and Molecular Evidence That Human Herpesvirus 8 Is Endemic among Amerindians in French Guiana

Abstract

We evaluated the presence of human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8) infection among groups of Amerindians in French Guiana. The overall prevalence of antibodies against lytic HHV-8 antigens was 23.0% (180/781), increasing from 18.4% in children <6 years old to approximately 30% in older persons (>45 years). Seroprevalence was higher in Amerindians living in remote localities than it was in those living in the coastal region. Analysis of a 725-base pair fragment of the K1 gene amplified from DNA from a Wayampi Amerindian showed that the virus belonged to molecular subtype E, which has hitherto been found in only a few Amerindians in Brazil and Ecuador.

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Virology

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pasteur-03214519 , version 1 (01-05-2021)

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Mirdad Kazanji, Philippe Dussart, Renan Duprez, Patricia Tortevoye, Jean-François Pouliquen, et al.. Serological and Molecular Evidence That Human Herpesvirus 8 Is Endemic among Amerindians in French Guiana. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2005, 192 (9), pp.1525-1529. ⟨10.1086/491744⟩. ⟨pasteur-03214519⟩
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