Human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1 infection and tropical spastic paraparesis in Belgian expatriates

P Goubau, H Carton, P Cornet, G Vercauteren, A Van Gompel, H De Vooght, P Piot, J Desmyter

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Abstract

A case of HTLV-1 associated tropical spastic paraparesis is described in a Belgian nun who had been working as a midwife in Central Africa. Occupational exposure was the only risk factor identified. Among 2,482 Belgian expatriates in tropical countries, 92% of whom had resided in sub-Saharan Africa for an average of 15.5 years, only one Belgian-born man was found seropositive for HTLV-1. He was married to an African woman and living in Central Africa for 23 years. The risk of HTLV-1 infection is low in Belgian expatriates and on its own does not support generalised anti-HTLV screening in autochthonous Belgian blood donors
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Medical Virology
Volume36
Pages (from-to)13-15
ISSN0146-6615
Publication statusPublished - 1992

Keywords

  • B780-tropical-medicine
  • Imported diseases
  • Viral diseases
  • HTLV-1
  • Tropical spastic paraparesis
  • Serology
  • Case reports
  • Belgium
  • Europe-West
  • Congo-Kinshasa
  • Africa-Central

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