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Intervirology. 2020 Mar 24:1-5. doi: 10.1159/000506051. [Epub ahead of print]

Seroprevalence of Human Cytomegalovirus in Pregnant Women in the Asir Region, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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1
Department of Microbiology and Clinical Parasitology, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia, malmaghrabi@kku.edu.sa.
2
College of Medicine, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection spreads easily by interpersonal contact.

OBJECTIVE:

This study determined the prevalence of seropositivity of cytomegalovirus immunoglobulin G (IgG) in the Asir Region, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

METHODS:

The study evaluated the seropositivity for cytomegalovirus-specific IgG in 460 females. Collected samples were processed and tested using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and specific HCMV IgG.

RESULTS:

The study showed that all the respondents aged 15-20 years were seropositive for the HCMV. HCMV seropositive status was recorded in 99.2% of the older patients (>40 years of age). In the remaining age groups, the rate of seropositivity ranged from 95.7 (age range 20-25 years) to 98.9% (age range 30 years).

CONCLUSIONS:

In all age groups of females tested, the prevalence of seropositive for HCMV was high, i.e., in the range of 95.7-100%.

KEYWORDS:

HCMV; Human cytomegalovirus infection; IgG; Pregnant women; Saudi Arabia; Seroprevalence

PMID:
32208395
DOI:
10.1159/000506051
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