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The hantavirus strain Vranica was previously reported to have been isolated from a bank vole in Bosnia-Hercegovina and associated with the occurrence of hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HRFS) in humans. The complete cDNA nucleotide sequences of the small (S) and medium (M) genomic RNA segments of this virus were determined. Major open reading frames(More)
A total of 2,718 blood samples were analyzed in five virological laboratories for the presence of cytomegalovirus (CMV) by in-house tests and one standardized plasma PCR assay. Results from in-house tests showed remarkable variability. Detection of CMV pp65 antigen or DNA from cells was more sensitive than that by plasma CMV PCR assay.
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) encephalitis in adult nonimmunosuppressed patients has rarely been reported. We have diagnosed HCMV encephalitis in an anti-HCMV immunoglobulin G-negative, nonimmunosuppressed young woman by HCMV DNA PCR and virus isolation from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). At the same time, HCMV antigen and HCMV DNA could be demonstrated in(More)
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) variants which cannot express e-antigen (HBeAg) are characteristic for many viremic anti-HBe positive chronic carriers who often have particularly severe and fluctuating hepatitis. Whether such variants are selected for and are less amenable to interferon treatment is under dispute. Therefore, by DNA amplification and direct(More)
In 1978-79 a single-source outbreak of hepatitis C occurred in 2533 women who had received virus-contaminated anti-D immunoglobulin. Children and husbands of 74 women with self-limited, and of 86 women with chronic, hepatitis C were followed up for over 10-15 years. In 3 of 231 investigated children (1.3%) serological evidence for HCV infection was found.(More)
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