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Volume 13, Number 11—November 2007

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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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Map of Vanuatu Archipelago showing the distribution of human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8) seroprevalence in persons >65 years of age and living in different provinces. The 6 administrative divisions studied were the Torba Province, comprising mainly Torres and Banks Islands; the Sanma Province, comprising Esperitu Santo and Malo Islands; the Penama Province, comprising Pentecost, Ambae, and Maewo Islands; the Malampa Province, comprising Malekula, Ambrym, and Paama Islands; the Shefa Province, comprising mainly Shepherds and Efate Islands; and the Tafea Province, comprising Tanna, Erromango, and Aneityum Islands. For each area, the number of persons tested and the number and percentage (in parentheses) of HHV-8-seropositive samples (immunofluorescence assay for latent nuclear antigens) are indicated. The mean age and the gender of the studied population are also shown. To have a good specificity, we considered as HHV-8 positive only samples that were clearly reactive at a dilution >1:160.

Appendix Figure. Map of Vanuatu Archipelago showing the distribution of human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8) seroprevalence in persons >65 years of age and living in different provinces. The 6 administrative divisions studied were the Torba Province, comprising mainly Torres and Banks Islands; the Sanma Province, comprising Esperitu Santo and Malo Islands; the Penama Province, comprising Pentecost, Ambae, and Maewo Islands; the Malampa Province, comprising Malekula, Ambrym, and Paama Islands; the Shefa Province, comprising mainly Shepherds and Efate Islands; and the Tafea Province, comprising Tanna, Erromango, and Aneityum Islands. For each area, the number of persons tested and the number and percentage (in parentheses) of HHV-8-seropositive samples (immunofluorescence assay for latent nuclear antigens) are indicated. The mean age and the gender of the studied population are also shown. To have a good specificity, we considered as HHV-8 positive only samples that were clearly reactive at a dilution >1:160.

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