Human herpesvirus 6 infection and Kawasaki disease

M. Okano, J. Luka, G. M. Thiele, Y. Sakiyama, S. Matsumoto, D. T. Purtilo

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Eighteen of a total of 22 serum specimens (81.8%) from patients with Kawasaki disease were positive for immunoglobulin G or M antibodies to human herpesvirus 6, whereas 10 of 16 age- and sex-matched healthy controls (62.5%) were seropositive. Additionally, increased geometric mean antibody titers of immunoglobulin G were shown in these patients. These results suggest that the status of human herpesvirus 6 infection may be a reflection of the immunologic alterations that are associated with Kawasaki disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2379-2380
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of clinical microbiology
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)


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