Seroprevalence of Human Herpesvirus 8 in Kidney Transplant Recipients in a Single-Center Study From Tunisia

Authors

  • Hella Lahlaoui Laboratoire de Microbiologie, Hopital Militaire de Tunis, Tunisia
  • Hbiba Niija Laboratoire de Microbiologie, Hopital Militaire de Tunis, Tunisia
  • Mohamed Ben Moussa Laboratoire de Microbiologie, Hôpital Militaire de Tunis, Tunisia

Abstract

Human herpesvirus 8 (HHV8) is a herpesvirus that is always associated with Kaposi sarcoma. An enzyme-linked immunoenzymatic assay was used to detect antibodies to the latent nuclear antigen of HHV8 in kidney transplant patients and kidney transplant candidates from Tunisia. A significantly high HHV8 seroprevalence was documented; 17% of kidney transplant patients and 23% in kidney transplant candidates were seropositive. This is a first report of HHV8 in Tunisia.

Author Biographies

  • Hella Lahlaoui, Laboratoire de Microbiologie, Hopital Militaire de Tunis, Tunisia
    hospital miltary in tunisia
  • Hbiba Niija, Laboratoire de Microbiologie, Hopital Militaire de Tunis, Tunisia

    professor

    hosptal miltary in tunisia

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Published

2012-01-04

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SPECIAL REPORT | Transplantation