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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 3

Routine blood test characteristics for MCV seroconverters and controls matched by study visit among participants in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA*

Characteristic MCV seroconverters
Controls
p value
No. tested Value No. tested Value
HIV positive, no. (%) 31 12 (38.7) 82 19 (23.2) 0.10
AIDS, subsequent, no. (%) 31 5 (16.1) 82 7 (8.5) 0.31
Hepatitis B surface antigen positive, no. (%) 30 0 (0) 81 1 (1.2) 1.00
Hepatitis B Core antigen antibody positive, no. (%) 30 19 (63.3) 81 36 (44.4) 0.08
RPR reactive, no. (%) 31 1 (3.2) 73 1 (1.4) 0.50
Leukocytes count, × 103/mm3 31 7174.2 75 6978.7 0.26
Erythrocytes count, × 103/mm3 31 5.1 75 5.2 0.13
Hemoglobin, g/dL 31 15.5 75 16.0 0.07
Hematocrit, % 31 46.7 75 47.7 0.15
Platelet count, × 103/mm3 31 247.3 75 259.6 0.14
Polymorphonuclear lymphocytes, % 31 58.7 75 58.1 0.61
Lymphocytes, % 31 32.6 75 32.9 0.83
Monocytes, % 29 5.9 72 5.5 0.22
Eosinophils, % 30 2.6 74 3.1 0.39
Atypical lymphocytes, % 29 1.2 71 1.1 0.56
Cytomegalovirus Ab titer 12 168.5 44 306.4 0.34
Rubella Ab titer 12 73.6 45 75.4 0.72
IgA, mg/dL 12 308.2 45 295.1 0.70
IgG, mg/dL 12 1,117.2 45 1151.5 0.93
IgM, mg/dL 12 178.8 45 172.5 0.75
CD4+, T-cells/μL 26 925.1 65 900.1 0.85
CD8+, T-cells/μL 26 637.7 65 564.5 0.22

*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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