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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 2

Signs and symptoms at seroconversion study visit or during previous 6 months for MCV seroconverters and controls matched by study visit among participants in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA*

Signs or symptom
Seroconverters

Controls
p value
No. evaluated
No. (%) with sign or symptom
No. evaluated
No. (%) with sign or symptom
Shortness of breath >2 weeks 31 1 (3.2) 75 8 (10.7) 0.28
Shortness of breath at time of visit 28 1 (3.6) 73 6 (8.2) 0.67
Cough >2 weeks 31 1 (3.2) 75 4 (5.3) 1
Cough now 31 0 75 3 (4.0) 0.55
Sore throat >2 weeks 31 1 (3.2) 75 5 (6.7) 0.67
Sore throat now 31 1 (3.2) 75 2 (2.7) 0.50
Rash >2 weeks 31 2 (6.5) 75 4 (5.3) 1
Rash now 31 3 (9.7) 75 4 (5.3) 0.41
Bruising >2 weeks 31 0 75 4 (5.3) 0.32
Bruising now 31 0 75 3 (4.0) 0.55
Fatigue >2 weeks 31 0 75 5 (6.7) 0.32
Fatigue now 31 1 (3.2) 75 4 (5.3) 1
Weight loss >10 pounds 31 0 75 1 (1. 3) 1
Weight loss now 31 0 75 0 NA
Diarrhea >2 weeks 31 2 (6.5) 75 0 0.08
Diarrhea now 31 1 (3.2) 75 0 0.29
Fever >2 weeks 31 0 75 0 N/A
Fever now 31 0 75 0 N/A
Lymphadenopathy >2 weeks 31 3 (9.7) 75 5 (6.7) 0.69
Lymphadenopathy now 31 3 (9.7) 75 5 (6.7) 0.69
Night sweats >2 weeks 31 0 75 4 (5.3) 0.32
Night sweats now 31 0 75 2 (2.7) 1.0
Headache >2 weeks 31 1 (3.2) 75 3 (4.0) 1.0
Headache now 31 1 (3.2) 75 2 (2.7) 1.0

*MCV, Merkel cell polyomavirus; NA, not applicable.

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1These authors contributed equally to this article.

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