Prevalence of Toscana virus antibodies in residents of Croatia

Authors


Corresponding author: V. Punda-Polić, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Split University School of Medicine and Split University Hospital, Spinčićeva 1, 21000 Split, Croatia
E-mail:vpunda@kbsplit.hr

Abstract

Clin Microbiol Infect 2012; 18: E200–E203

Abstract

To assess the prevalence of Toscana virus (TOSV) infection among healthy residents of Croatia we tested sera from 2016 persons, for IgG antibodies to TOSV, by an enzyme immunoassay. A total of 755 (37.5%) persons had IgG antibodies to TOSV: 53.9%, 33.6% and 6.1% among residents of the islands, coastal area and mainland of Croatia, respectively. Risk factors significantly associated with seropositivity to TOSV were: living on islands (OR, 11.10; 95% CI, 6.02–20.50; p <0.001) or in coastal areas (OR, 6.96; 95% CI, 3.81–12.71; p <0.001) and increase of age (OR, 1.03; 95% CI, 1.02–1.03; p <0.001).

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