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J Infect Dis. 2000 Jul;182(1):12-7. Epub 2000 Jun 27.

Duration of viremia in hepatitis A virus infection.

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  • 1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA. wbower@cdc.gov

Abstract

The duration of viremia and time course for development of IgM antibodies were determined prospectively in natural and experimental hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection. Serial serum samples from HAV-infected men (n=13) and experimentally infected chimpanzees (n=5) were examined by nested reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction analysis to detect HAV RNA and by ELISA to detect IgM antibodies to HAV. Among infected humans, HAV RNA was detected an average of 17 days before the alanine aminotransferase peak, and viremia persisted for an average of 79 days after the liver enzyme peak. The average duration of viremia was 95 days (range, 36-391 days). Results were similar in chimpanzees. In addition, HAV RNA was detected in serum of humans and chimpanzees several days before IgM antibodies to HAV were detected. These results indicate that adults with HAV infection are viremic for as long as 30 days before the onset of symptoms and that the duration of viremia may be longer than previously described.

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