Age-related pattern of KI and WU polyomavirus infection

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  • Authors:
  • B. Abedi Kiasari
  • P. J. Vallely
  • C. E. Corless
  • M. Al-Hammadi
  • P. E. Klapper


Background: The role of two recently identified polyomaviruses, KI and WU, in the causation of respiratory disease has not been established. Objectives: To determine the prevalence of KI and WU viruses (KIV and WUV) in 371 respiratory samples and evaluate their contribution to respiratory disease. Study Design: Specimens were screened for KIV and WUV using single, multiplex or real time PCR; co-infection with other respiratory viruses was evaluated. Results: Of the 371 samples analysed, 10 (2.70%) were positive for KIV and 4 (1.08%) were positive for WUV yielding an overall case prevalence of KIV and WUV infection of 3.77%. KIV and WUV were identified in patients aged 45 years (3 patients) with upper respiratory tract infection. Co-infections were found in 5 (50%) and 3 (75%) of the KIV and WUV positive samples, respectively. Conclusions: This study supports previous conclusions that KIV and WUV detection in the respiratory tract may be coincidental and reflect reactivation of latent or persistent infection with these viruses. The age distribution of KIV and WUV infection in this study mirrors that found for the other human polyomaviruses, BK and JC. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-125
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Clinical Virology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2008