Barton, Everard N.,; Morgan, Owen St. C.; Smikle, Monica ; Blattner, William A.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Seroprevalence of HTLV-1 in chronic patients in Jamaica.
Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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A high seropositivity rate of human Tcell lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) infection was found in Jamaican patients with chronic diseases. However, except for tropical spastic paraparesis, polymositis, adult Tcell leukaemia/lymphoma and polyneuropathies of undetermined cause, HTLV-1 seropositivity rates in chronic disease patients were not significantly different from that found in healthy Jamaicans. These results indicate that there is no increased risk of HTLV-1 infection or HTLV-1 associated disease in patients with chronic disease compared to the general Jamaican population. The associaton of unclassified polyneuropathies with HTLV-1 reported herein is a novel one which requires further studies to elucidate its nature....