High seroprevalence of antibodies to human herpesvirus-8 in Egyptian children: Evidence of nonsexual transmission

Massimo Andreoni, Gamal El-Sawaf, Giovanni Rezza, Barbara Ensoli, Emanuele Nicastri, Laura Ventura, Lucia Ercoli, Loredana Sarmati, Giovanni Rocchi

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Abstract

Background: In western countries, human herpesvirus-8 (HHV-8) appears to be transmitted mainly by sexual contact. To evaluate the role of other transmission routes, especially in developing countries, we estimated the seroprevalence of HHV-8 in Egyptian children, who, if seropositive, would have acquired the virus through a nonsexual route. Methods: Sera from 196 children (

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-469
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the National Cancer Institute
Volume91
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Mar 3 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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