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Seroprevalencia de la infección por HTLV-1 en diferentes grupos de riesgo estudiados en Cuba

Keywords: htlv-i infections/ [epidemiology], htlv-i infections [blood], htlv-blv anti bodies [blood], blood donors, risk groups, cuba.

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in the period between 1991 and 1996, 26 352 serum samples from different risk groups and blood donors, were studied to know the seroprevalence of antibodies against the human t-lymphotropic virus type i (htlv-i), and also as a continuation of researches carried out between 1989 and 1990. the elisa davih-htlv-i system was used for the antibodies investigation, and as a certifying test, the western blot davih-blot htlv-i was used too, both from the cuban davih laboratories. the presence of anti htlv-i antibodies was confirmed in 10 persons, and in most of them the epidemiologic study could elucidate the probable way of contagion. the seropositivity index observed was of 0,037 %, and is low if compared with the seroprevalence rates reported for the caribbean area.


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