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BACKGROUND Human erythrovirus B19, endemic in the Amazon region since 1990, is associated with a wide spectrum of clinical presentations. OBJECTIVES To assess the prevalence of erythrovirus B19 infection and the relative frequency of erythrovirus B19 genotypes in patients in the Amazon region with various clinical presentations. STUDY DESIGN A total of(More)
Several reports have identified P[6] specificities in humans and in animals in different countries of the world, but few sequence data are available in public databases. In this work we have characterized the VP4 strains bearing P[6] specificity and NSP4 genotypes among diarrheic young children and diarrheic and non-diarrheic neonates from three studies(More)
This study describes the genetic relationships of the first human astrovirus type-8 (HAstV-8) detected in Belém-Brazil, during a public hospital-based study. This strain was compared with other HAstV-8 strains identified elsewhere which have sequences available at GeneBank. The regions ORF1a (primers Mon348/Mon340) and ORF2 (primers Mon269/Mon270) were(More)
Investigation of the aetiology of viral meningitis in Brazil is most often restricted to cases that occur in the Southern and Southeastern Regions; therefore, the purpose of this study is to describe the viral meningitis cases that occurred in state of Pará, Northern Brazil, from January 2005-December 2006. The detection of enterovirus (EV) in cerebrospinal(More)
Serum- and/or- cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples obtained from 190 patients suffering from chronic, progressive neurological disease were screened for the presence of human T-cell lymphotropic viruses type I (HTLV-I) and type II (HTLV-II) antibodies over a six-year period (1996 to 2001) in Belém, Pará, Brazil. Patients were of both sexes (male subjects,(More)
During the period between May and December 1988, 21 patients were studied bacteriologically at Hospital João XXIII's burn's unit which belongs to "Fundação Hospitalar do Estado de Minas Gerais" in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. A qualitative and quantitative evaluation of aerobic and facultative bacteria from burn wounds was carried out by the standard filter(More)
An epidemic of acute haemorrhagic conjunctivitis in Belém, Pará, Brazil, was investigated. From 83 patients, 73 samples of virus was isolated in cultures of HEP-2 cells from conjunctival swab and throat swab. The virus isolates were identified in Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, as an antigenic variant of coxsackievirus A24.(More)
During three years (1988-1990) blood samples from 307 people were taken to test antibodies for Human Immunodeficiency Virus type 1 (HIV-1) in homo and bisexual males living in Belém, being 149 (48.5%) of the former and 158 (51.5%) of the later. All patients requested examinations spontaneously to find out their status. The ages of tested people ranged from(More)