TITLE

Varicella susceptibility and transmission dynamics in Slovenia

AUTHOR(S)
Socan, Maja; Berginc, Nataša; Lajovic, Jaro
PUB. DATE
January 2010
SOURCE
BMC Public Health;2010, Vol. 10, p360
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Background: A cross-sectional, age-stratified study was conducted to determine varicella-zoster seroprevalence and force of infection in Slovenia. Methods: 3689 serum samples were tested for VZV IgG antibodies with an enzyme immunoassay. Semiparametric and parametric modelling were used to estimate the force of infection. Results: Overall, 85.6% of serum samples were seropositive. Age-specific prevalence rose rapidly in preschool children and over 90% of 8 years old tested positive for VZV. However, 2.8% of serum samples among women of childbearing age were seronegative. Semiparametric modelling yielded force of infection estimates of 0.182 (95% CI 0.158-0.206), 0.367 (95% CI 0.285-0.448) and 0.008 (95% CI 0.0-0.032) for age groups 0.5- < 6, 6-11 and ⩾12 years, respectively, and 0.175 (95% CI 0.147-0.202), 0.391 (95% CI 0.303-0.480) and 0.025 (95% CI 0.003-0.046) for age groups 0.5- < 5, 5-9 and ⩾10 years, respectively. Conclusions: Regardless of the age grouping used, the highest transmission occurred in children in their first years of school.
ACCESSION #
52840003

 

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