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

Emerging infectious diseases

Publication Date

10/2010

Volume

16

Pages

1605 - 1607

Addresses

University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

Keywords

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