Seroprevalence of human T lymphotropic virus type I in Puerto Rico

J. E. Kaplan, Y. Yamamura, E. O. Rios-Olivares, R. O. Cannon, R. F. Khabbaz, D. J. Gubler, E. N. Kaiselburd, T. M. Hartley, Michael Dale Lairmore

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Serum specimens from Puerto Rican residents were tested for antibodies to human T lymphotropic virus type I (HTLV-I) using an enzyme immunoassay, Western immunoblot, and radioimmunoprecipitation assays. Of 1.279 specimens obtained during a dengue virus surveillance program in 1986 and 1987, 3 (0.2%) tested positive; and additional 11 were indeterminate. Of 602 specimens obtained from blood donors in Ponce in 1987, 1 (0.2%) was positive; an additional specimen was indeterminate. Of 21 persons hospitalized for problems related to intravenous drug use in 1986 and 1987, 1 (5%) tested positive for HTLV-I antibodies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)659-662
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases


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