Detection of Epstein–Barr virus in leucoreduced blood products

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Abstract

This study examined the prevalence of three human herpesviruses (HHV), namely HHV-4 (Epstein–Barr virus/EBV), HHV-6b and HHV-7 in leucoreduced blood products obtained from the Sainte-Justine Hospital blood bank. A total of 100 specimens, including 34 red blood cell concentrates, 33 platelet bags and 33 plasma units, were collected and screened by a sensitive PCR assay using virus-specific primers. Positive units were then retested by quantitative PCR. Of the 100 specimens, one platelet unit tested positive for EBV.

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