Prevalence of antibodies toChlamydia pneumoniae in a pediatric hospital population in Belgium

  • L. Van Renterghem
  • A. M. Van den Abeele
  • G. Claeys
  • J. Plum
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Abstract

To evaluate the prevalence of antibodies toChlamydia pneumoniae in a pediatric hospital population, 207 patients admitted to the pediatric unit of the hospital during the period January to April 1989 were screened. A micro-immunofluorescence test was used to measure bothChlamydia pneumoniae specific total antibody and IgM antibody. Fifty-eight (28 %) patients were found to have antibodies toChlamydia pneumoniae. Only one serum contained specific IgM. Analysis of the age specific prevalence of antibody showed a sudden rise in the 10 to 12 year old age group. Cross-reaction in the test with the otherChlamydia species is discussed. It is concluded that the incidence of primaryChlamydia pneumoniae infection during the study period was low, but that the infection occurs in Belgium with about the same prevalence as in other countries.

Keywords

Internal Medicine Pediatric Hospital Sudden Rise Specific Prevalence Hospital Population 

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© Friedr. Vieweg & Sohn Verlagsgesellschaft mbH 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Van Renterghem
    • 1
  • A. M. Van den Abeele
    • 1
  • G. Claeys
    • 1
  • J. Plum
    • 1
  1. 1.Bacteriology and Virology LaboratoryUniversity Hospital, Block AGhentBelgium

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