Serological survey of anti-group A rotavirus IgM in UK adults
UNSPECIFIED. (2003) Serological survey of anti-group A rotavirus IgM in UK adults. EPIDEMIOLOGY AND INFECTION, 131 (1). pp. 719-726. ISSN 0950-2688Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0950268803008720
Rotaviral associated disease of infants in the UK is seasonal and infection in adults not uncommon but the relationship between these has been little explored. Adult sera collected monthly for one year from routine hospital samples were screened for the presence of anti-group A rotavirus immunoglobulin M class antibodies as a marker of recent infection. Anti-rotavirus IgM was seen in all age groups throughout the year with little obvious seasonal variation in the distribution of antibody levels. IgM concentrations and the proportion seropositive above a threshold both increased with age with high concentrations consistently observed in the elderly. Results suggest either high infection rates of rotavirus in adults, irrespective of seasonal disease incidence in infants, IgM persistence or IgM cross-reactivity. These results support recent evidence of differences between infant and adult rotavirus epidemiology and highlight the need for more extensive surveys to investigate age and time related infection and transmission of rotavirus.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Q Science > QR Microbiology > QR355 Virology
|Journal or Publication Title:||EPIDEMIOLOGY AND INFECTION|
|Publisher:||CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS|
|Number of Pages:||8|
|Page Range:||pp. 719-726|
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