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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 15-17

Prevalence of antibodies to human parvovirus b19 in saudi women of childbearing age in Makkah

Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Hani O Ghazi
Associate Professor of Virology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, P.O. Box 7091, Makkah
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 23012138

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Objectives: To determine the seroprevalence rate of immunoglobulin G (IgG) and immunoglobulin M (IgM) to parvovirus B19 in pregnant Saudi women in Makkah. Subjects and Methods: Using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), a total of 1200 serum samples were tested for antibodies to parvovirus B19 known to cause a variety of clinical syndromes in women and newborn infants. Results: Parvovirus B19 IgG antibodies detected in 46.6% and IgM antibodies were found in 2.25% of different age groups. Conclusion: The previous exposure to parvovirus B19 was determined, and 560 (46.6%) of 1200 pregnant Saudi women tested at their first antenatal visit were seropositive for specific IgG. The rate of maternal infection in susceptible pregnancies was 2.25%. These results were in accordance with previous studies performed in other countries.

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