Milan as possible starting point of LAV/HTLV III epidemic among Italian drug addicts.

A. Lazzarin, P. Crocchiolo, M. Galli, C. Uberti Foppa, F. Caredda, T. Re, M. Moroni

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Sera collected between 1978 and 1985 from 716 parenteral drug-addicts admitted to our Clinic with viral hepatitis were tested for antibodies to HTLV III. None of the patients was showing symptoms suggestive of LAV/HTLV III infection at the time of sera collection. Positivity for HTLV III antibody was found and confirmed (by ELISA) in 212 subjects (29.6%). The earliest positivity appeared in a serum sample collected in February 1979. These and other data point to Milan as to the actual source of the Italian PDAs-linked LAV/HTLV-III epidemic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-13
Number of pages5
JournalBollettino dell'Istituto Sieroterapico Milanese
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1987


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology

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