Nov 4, 2004

High seroprevalence of Pneumocystis infection in Spanish children

Clinical Microbiology and Infection : the Official Publication of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
N RespaldizaEnrique J Calderón


Pneumocystis infection occurs worldwide, and most individuals test seropositive for Pneumocystis early in childhood. Little is known about the epidemiology of this infection in western Europe. The seroprevalence of Pneumocystis infection in 233 Spanish children was determined in a community study by immunoblot analysis of sera. The overall seroprevalence was 73%, with an age-related increase from 52% at 6 years to 66% at 10 years and 80% at 13 years. The data indicated a high seroprevalence of Pneumocystis infection in healthy Spanish children, thereby demonstrating that this pathogen is widespread in southern Spain.

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Pathogenic Organism
Pneumocystis Infections
Phosphoglycerate Dehydrogenase Activity
PHGDH wt Allele
Pneumocystis Jiroveci Pneumonia
Rats, Wistar
Pneumocystis carinii

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