Human parvovirus 4 infections are primarily associated with parenteral exposure in western countries. By ELISA, we demonstrate frequent seropositivity for antibody to parvovirus 4 viral protein 2 among adult populations throughout sub-Saharan Africa (Burkina Faso, 37%; Cameroon, 25%; Democratic Republic of the Congo, 35%; South Africa, 20%), which implies existence of alternative transmission routes.

Original publication

DOI

10.3201/eid1610.101001

Type

Journal article

Journal

Emerg Infect Dis

Publication Date

10/2010

Volume

16

Pages

1605 - 1607

Keywords

Adolescent, Adult, Africa South of the Sahara, Aged, Antibodies, Viral, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Capsid Proteins, Child, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Parvoviridae Infections, Parvovirus, South Africa, Young Adult