High seroprevalence of antibodies to varicella zoster virus in adult women in a tropical climate

O'Grady, Kerry-Ann, Merianos, Angela, Patel, Mahomed, & Gilbert, Lyn (2000) High seroprevalence of antibodies to varicella zoster virus in adult women in a tropical climate. Tropical Medicine and International Health, 5(10), pp. 732-736.

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To determine whether the seroprevalence of antibodies to varicella zoster virus (VZV) in adults is similar to that reported in tropical populations elsewhere.


We measured the seroprevalence of VZV IgG antibodies, using an enzyme immunoassay (EIA) in women attending an antenatal clinic in an urban centre in tropical Australia.


The overall seroprevalence of VZV antibodies in 298 women was 92% (95% CI 88-95), with no difference between women who spent their childhoods in the tropics and colleagues. None of the overseas-born women was seronegative.


The seroprevalence of VZV antibodies in this tropical population in Australia is as high as that reported from temperate regions, suggesting that social and cultural factors and population mobility are more important determinants of age distribution of VZV immunity than tropical climate.

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ID Code: 64704
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: 365EL--
Times Cited:10--
Cited References Count:25--
Keywords: varicella, seroepidemiology, tropics, population, infection, students, staff, age
DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-3156.2000.00622.x
ISSN: 1360-2276
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Deposited On: 26 Nov 2013 00:46
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2013 00:46

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