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Seroprevalence of antibody to varicella zoster virus in England and Wales in children and young adults.

Authors
  • Vyse, A J
  • Gay, N J
  • Hesketh, L M
  • Morgan-Capner, P
  • Miller, E
Type
Published Article
Journal
Epidemiology and infection
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2004
Volume
132
Issue
6
Pages
1129–1134
Identifiers
PMID: 15635971
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This is the first large-scale study to investigate the seroprevalence of varicella zoster (VZV) in the general population of England and Wales. The study focused on those aged 1-20 years, that age group in whom most infections occur. Prevalence rose rapidly with age, with 53% of children showing evidence of prior infection by the age of 5 years and most young adults having experienced infection. In addition to using a fixed cut-off recommended by the manufacturer, a mixture modelling technique was also used to define the proportion of the population seropositive in each age group. This was shown to be a more accurate approach to categorizing data from an epidemiological perspective.

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