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Sufi Marmot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-29-05 04:45 PM
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66. Thanks for the info...I wonder about their assays...
To provide a perspective for interpreting antibody seropositivity rates for persons having contact with monkeys (or monkey body fluids or tissues), serum specimens from 449 persons from throughout the United States randomly selected from a cross-sectional adult primary-care outpatient population were tested by the same IFA and Western blot assays. Of these, 12 (2.7%) were positive. Reported by: Special Pathogens Br and Epidemiology Activity, Div of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases, Center for Infectious Diseases, CDC....The background seropositivity rate for persons from throughout the United States chosen randomly from an adult primary-care outpatient population remains unexplained. One possibility is antigenic crossreactivity between the known filoviruses and another, as yet undetermined, antigen. Further investigations are in progress to clarify this. Investigations are also in progress to define risk factors for occupationally acquired infection and to assess the risk for infection of household contacts of infected persons.

I wonder just how specific the antibodies they used here were, if they're lighting up people who have supposedly never been exposed to filoviruses. I also wonder if the Reston workers were somehow exposed only to filovirus proteins or "dead" virus particles, and not live ones.

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