Epidemiologic background of blood donors with antibody to human T-cell lymphotropic virus

E. A. Operskalski, Eugene R Schiff, S. H. Kleinman, M. Busch, P. E. Taylor, W. P. Parks, H. Lee, P. A. Tomasulo, E. Donegan, M. Stuart, C. G. Hollingsworth, G. J. Nemo, J. W. Mosley, S. P. Azen, D. J. Bregman, M. C. Dougherty, C. S. Johnson, A. D. Kennedy, A. A S Kovacs

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Abstract

We interviewed 51 blood donors in four major US metropolitan areas subsequently found to have had antibodies to human T-cell lymphotrophic virus (anti-HTLV) in late 1984-early 1985. Sixteen donors (31%) reported that they or a sexual contact had a history of blood transfusion. Twelve donors (24%) reported that they or a sexual contact used intravenous drugs. Ten donors (20%) were blacks born in the southeastern US. Four of the male donors (15%) reported homosexual contact. The most common characteristic was an association with Japan or the Caribbean basin (61%). These rsults show a broader variation of epidemiologic backgrounds than anticipated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)746-748
Number of pages3
JournalTransfusion
Volume29
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

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Operskalski, E. A., Schiff, E. R., Kleinman, S. H., Busch, M., Taylor, P. E., Parks, W. P., ... Kovacs, A. A. S. (1989). Epidemiologic background of blood donors with antibody to human T-cell lymphotropic virus. Transfusion, 29(8), 746-748.

Epidemiologic background of blood donors with antibody to human T-cell lymphotropic virus. / Operskalski, E. A.; Schiff, Eugene R; Kleinman, S. H.; Busch, M.; Taylor, P. E.; Parks, W. P.; Lee, H.; Tomasulo, P. A.; Donegan, E.; Stuart, M.; Hollingsworth, C. G.; Nemo, G. J.; Mosley, J. W.; Azen, S. P.; Bregman, D. J.; Dougherty, M. C.; Johnson, C. S.; Kennedy, A. D.; Kovacs, A. A S.

In: Transfusion, Vol. 29, No. 8, 01.01.1989, p. 746-748.

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Operskalski, EA, Schiff, ER, Kleinman, SH, Busch, M, Taylor, PE, Parks, WP, Lee, H, Tomasulo, PA, Donegan, E, Stuart, M, Hollingsworth, CG, Nemo, GJ, Mosley, JW, Azen, SP, Bregman, DJ, Dougherty, MC, Johnson, CS, Kennedy, AD & Kovacs, AAS 1989, 'Epidemiologic background of blood donors with antibody to human T-cell lymphotropic virus', Transfusion, vol. 29, no. 8, pp. 746-748.
Operskalski EA, Schiff ER, Kleinman SH, Busch M, Taylor PE, Parks WP et al. Epidemiologic background of blood donors with antibody to human T-cell lymphotropic virus. Transfusion. 1989 Jan 1;29(8):746-748.
Operskalski, E. A. ; Schiff, Eugene R ; Kleinman, S. H. ; Busch, M. ; Taylor, P. E. ; Parks, W. P. ; Lee, H. ; Tomasulo, P. A. ; Donegan, E. ; Stuart, M. ; Hollingsworth, C. G. ; Nemo, G. J. ; Mosley, J. W. ; Azen, S. P. ; Bregman, D. J. ; Dougherty, M. C. ; Johnson, C. S. ; Kennedy, A. D. ; Kovacs, A. A S. / Epidemiologic background of blood donors with antibody to human T-cell lymphotropic virus. In: Transfusion. 1989 ; Vol. 29, No. 8. pp. 746-748.
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