Title
A seroepidemiological survey of HTLV-I/HTLV-II in selected Belgian populationsA seroepidemiological survey of HTLV-I/HTLV-II in selected Belgian populations
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Research group
Vaccine & Infectious Disease Institute (VAXINFECTIO)
Publication type
article
Publication
New York,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
AIDS research and human retroviruses. - New York
Volume/pages
6(1990):7, p. 827-830
ISSN
0889-2229
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Abstract
A preliminary survey of the prevalence of HTLV-I antibody during 1987 and 1988 in Belgium revealed no positive results among selected blood donors who sided for some length of time in areas where HTLV-I/HTLV-II is endemic (n = 270), in development-aid workers (n = 145), or in missionaries (n = 35) serving in developing countries. Among foreign groups, African students (n = 212), and political refugees (n = 311), HTLV-I/HTLV-II antibodies were detected and confirmed in 3 cases. Limited data from 1987 and 1988 suggest that HTLVI/ HTLV-II poses no major public health problem in Belgium.