Medical Microbiology and Immunology

, Volume 173, Issue 3, pp 167–170

Antibodies to ATLV/HTLV-1 in Africa

Authors

  • G. Hunsmann
    • German Primate Centre
  • H. Bayer
    • German Primate Centre
  • J. Schneider
    • German Primate Centre
  • H. Schmitz
    • Bernhard-Nocht-Institut
  • P. Kern
    • Bernhard-Nocht-Institut
  • M. Dietrich
    • Bernhard-Nocht-Institut
  • D. W. Büttner
    • Bernhard-Nocht-Institut
  • A. M. Goudeau
    • Centre Hospitalier Regional de Tours
  • G. Kulkarni
    • Department of HaematologyAhmadu Bello University
  • A. F. Fleming
    • Department of HaematologyAhmadu Bello University
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF02123765

Cite this article as:
Hunsmann, G., Bayer, H., Schneider, J. et al. Med Microbiol Immunol (1984) 173: 167. doi:10.1007/BF02123765

Abstract

Almost 4000 sera from seven African states were examined for antibodies to ATLV/HTLV-1. Between 1% and 8% of healthy people from sub-Saharan Africa have such antibodies. The highest frequency was observed in Gabon. There were considerable variations between villages. The percentage of seropositives and the mean titre increased with age. Our findings suggest that the African continent is the largest endemic area for ATLV.

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© Springer-Verlag 1984