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Volume 13, Number 11—November 2007

Dispatch

Novel Human Herpesvirus 8 Subtype D Strains in Vanuatu, Melanesia

Olivier Cassar*†, Philippe V. Afonso†, Sylviane Bassot†, Sabine Plancoulaine†‡, Renan Duprez†, Corinne Capuano§, Myriam Abel¶, Paul M.V. Martin*, and Antoine Gessain†Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Institut Pasteur de Nouvelle-Calédonie, Nouméa, France; †Institut Pasteur, Paris, France; ‡Université René-Descartes, Paris, France; §World Health Organization/Organisation Mondiale de la Santé, Port-Vila, Republic of Vanuatu; ¶Ministry of Health, Port-Vila, Republic of Vanuatu;

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Demographic, geographic, and serologic data of HHV-8–seropositive persons from the Vanuatu Archipelago, confirmed by molecular analysis*

Virus strain Age, y Sex Island of origin Province IFA titers (LANA) PCR K1 GenBank accession no.
LO 17 70 F Loh TORBA 10.240 + EF589758
LO 13 23 F Loh TORBA 160 + EF589757
LO 48 64 F Loh TORBA 640 + EF589759
ML 10 60 F Mota Lava TORBA 640 + EF589763
ML 36 60 M Mota Lava TORBA 640 + EF589764
ML 46 61 M Mota Lava TORBA 1.280 + EF589765
ES 65 82 F Santo SANMA 160 + EF589756
CES W32 60 F Santo SANMA 320 + EF589746
MA 55 60 F Maewo PENAMA 2,560 + EF589760
MAL 4 74 M Mallicolo MALAMPA 320 + EF589761
MAL 24 70 M Mallicolo MALAMPA 1.280 + EF589762
RYM 31 80 F Ambrym MALAMPA 40 + EF589766
RYM 42 74 F Ambrym MALAMPA 80 + EF589767
EP 43 80 F Epi SHEFA 20.480 + EF589753
EP 58 79 F Epi SHEFA 20.480 + EF589754
EP 111 74 F Epi SHEFA 1,280 + EF589755
TON 72 75 M Tongoa SHEFA 5.120 + EF589772
CTON H54 71 M Tongoa SHEFA 2.560 + EF589747
EM 1 70 M Emae SHEFA 640 + NA
EM 4 75 F Emae SHEFA 2.560 + EF589752
CEM H2 73 M Emae SHEFA 1.280 + EF589744
EF 43 73 F Efate SHEFA 640 + EF589748
EF 52 74 M Efate SHEFA 1.280 + EF589749
EF 55 81 M Efate SHEFA 640 + EF589750
EF 56 75 F Efate SHEFA 5.120 + NA
EF 60 73 F Efate SHEFA 640 + EF589751
CEF H56 72 M Efate SHEFA 80 + EF589742
CEF H67 70 M Efate SHEFA 640 + EF589743
TA 115 77 M Tanna TAFEA 1.280 + EF589768
TA 116 70 F Tanna TAFEA 320 + EF589769
TA 124 70 F Tanna TAFEA 5.120 + EF589770
TA 162 70 M Tanna TAFEA 5.120 + EF589771

*IFA, immunofluorescence assay; LANA, HHV-8–specific antibody directed against latent nuclear antigen; PCR K1, PCR for amplification of a 737-bp fragment of the ORFK1 genomic region of HHV-8; NA, not available.
†Weak PCR signal.

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