Intervention of maternal transmission of HTLV-1 in Nagasaki, Japan.

  title={Intervention of maternal transmission of HTLV-1 in Nagasaki, Japan.},
  author={Shigeo Hino and Shigeru Katamine and Ken'ichiro Kawase and Tsutomu Miyamoto and H. Doi and Yoshiro Tsuji and Toru Yamabe},
  volume={8 Suppl 1},
Seroepidemiological and laboratory virological evidences strongly suggested that endemicity of HTLV-1 in Nagasaki Japan depends on maternal infant infections via breast milk. The most obvious way to prove this concept was an intervention study with refraining from breast-feeding by carrier mothers. Most infected babies seroconverted by the age of 12 months, which made it possible to diagnose the infection at the age of 12 months for the statistical purpose. Serology and PCR on both adults and… CONTINUE READING