Human Herpesvirus—8 in Peruvian Blood Donors: A Population with Hyperendemic Disease?

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Abstract

Serum samples from 128 blood donors were tested for antibodies specific for human herpesvirus—8 by an immunofluorescence assay that detects antibodies against mainly lytic antigens. An overall seroprevalence of 56.25% was found (male donors, 54.68%; female donors, 57.11%). These findings indicate that human herpesvirus—8 infection is hyperendemic in Peruvian blood donors.

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