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Title: Human herpesvirus 8 seroprevalence among children and adolescents in the United States.
Authors: Anderson LA,  Li Y,  Graubard BI,  Whitby D,  Mbisa G,  Tan S,  Goedert JJ,  Engels EA
Journal: Pediatr Infect Dis J
Date: 2008 Jul
Branches: IIB, BB
PubMed ID: 18536622
PMC ID: not available
Abstract: We measured human herpesvirus-8 antibodies (K8.1 and orf73 enzyme immunoassays) in 4166 children, aged 6-17 years, in a U.S. cross-sectional survey. Forty-six were K8.1 seropositive (weighted seroprevalence: 1.1%) and 20 were orf73 seropositive (weighted seroprevalence 0.4%). K8.1 seropositivity was associated with asthma (odds ratio: 6.3; 95% confidence interval: 2.4-16.9) and hay fever (3.5; 1.1-11.0), and there were borderline associations with measures of crowding and low socioeconomic status.