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Volume 17, Number 8—August 2011

Research

Asymptomatic Primary Merkel Cell Polyomavirus Infection among Adults

Yanis L. Tolstov, Alycia Knauer, Jian Guo Chen, Thomas W. Kensler, Lawrence A. Kingsley1, Patrick S. Moore1, and Yuan Chang1Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: Author affiliations: University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (Y.L. Tolstov, A. Knauer, T.W. Kensler, L.A. Kingsley, P.S. Moore, Y. Chang); Qidong Liver Cancer Institute, Jiangsu, People’s Republic of China (J.G. Chen); Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA (T.W. Kensler)

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Table 1

Routine blood test characteristics of MCV-infected and MCV-uninfected men at initial visit for Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA*

Characteristic MCV infected
MCV uninfected
p value
No. tested Value No. tested Value
HIV positive, no. (%) 447 138 (31) 117 33 (28) 0.58
AIDS, subsequent, no. (%) 447 58 (13) 117 12 (10) 0.43
Hepatitis B surface antigen positive, no. (%) 446 31 (7) 117 1 (1) 0.01
Hepatitis B core antibody, no. (%) 446 231 (52) 117 55 (47) 0.36
RPR reactive, no. (%) 446 19 (4) 117 4 (3) 0.68
Leukocyte count, × 103/mm3 443 6793.5 116 7111.2 0.22
Erythrocyte count, × 103/mm3 443 5.0 116 5.0 0.53
Hemoglobin, g/dL 443 15.5 116 15.5 0.86
Hematocrit, % 443 45.8 116 46.0 0.45
Platelet count, × 103/mm3 443 262.6 116 270.3 0.12
Neutrophils, % 443 59.1 116 59.5 0.38
Lymphocytes, % 443 35.6 116 35.5 0.41
Monocytes, % 300 4.0 69 3.7 0.33
Eosinophils, % 318 2.5 79 2.8 0.24
Cytomegalovirus Ab titer 447 239.9 117 232.1 0.86
Rubella Ab titer 447 92.0 117 87.6 0.16
IgA, mg/dL 447 360.6 117 361.4 0.44
IgG, mg/dL 447 2016.0 117 1945.9 0.91
IgM, mg/dL 447 220.3 117 227.6 0.62
CD4+, T-cells/μL 441 917.8 116 1004.2 0.09
CD8+, T-cells/μL 441 680.6 116 668.7 0.65

*MCV, Merkel cell polyomavirus; RPR, rapid plasma reagin; Ab, antibody; Ig, immunoglobulin.

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1These authors contributed equally to this article.

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