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Volume 15, Number 3—March 2009

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Merkel Cell Polyomavirus in Respiratory Tract Secretions

Shan Goh, Cecilia Lindau, Annika Tiveljung-Lindell, and Tobias AllanderComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm

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Consensus results of 2 real-time PCRs for MCPyV in adults and children*

pMCPyVLT.1 equivalents
No. samples No. children
(<15 y) No. adults (>15 y) No. male No. female Coinfection†
Per reaction Per mL of sample
<2 (negative) <400 (negative) 608 338 269 308 299 229‡
2–100 400–20,000 22 2 20 15 8
101–617 20,200–123,000 0 5 4 1 1#

*MCPyV, Merkel cell polyomavirus.
†Viruses detected by immunofluorescence, virus culture, and real-time PCR.
‡Adenovirus, enterovirus, herpes simplex virus type 1, influenza A virus, influenza B virus, KI polyomavirus, metapneumovirus, parainfluenza virus type 1 and 3, respiratory syncytial virus, WU polyomavirus.
§Influenza A and B viruses.
¶Includes NPA370.
#Influenza virus A.

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