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Seroprevalence of Epstein-Barr Virus Infection in Young Men of South Korea
Cheol-In Kang, M.D.1, Chang-Min Choi, M.D.1, Jung-Tak Park, M.D.1 and Tae-Sung Park, M.D.2
Departments of Internal Medicine and Laboratory Medicine1, Armed Forces Capital Hospital, Bundang, Korea
Vol.39 Num.2 (p93~94)
This study was performed to determine the seroprevalence of EBV infection in young adults of South Korea. A total of 196 subjects were enrolled for the analysis of EBV seroprevalence. All subjects were males and their median age was 21 years old (range, 19-24 years). The overall anti-VCA IgG seropositivity prevalence was 87.2% (171/196). This result suggests that approximately 10% of young adults belongs to the risk group of infectious mononucleosis, even in South Korea that has been known as a highly seroprevalent country.
Keywords : Epstein-barr virus infections, Prevalence, Antibodies, Military personnel