Journal article

Parvovirus B19 infection contributes to severe anemia in young children in Papua New Guinea

James Wildig, Pascal Michon, Peter Siba, Mata Mellombo, Alice Ura, Ivo Mueller, Yvonne Cossart

The Journal of Infectious Diseases | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2006

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Severe anemia (hemoglobin level, 90% in 6-year-olds. CONCLUSIONS: B19 infections play a significant role in the etiology of severe anemia in this area of malarial endemicity. Given the high levels of morbidity and mortality associated with severe anemia in such regions, the prevention of B19 infection with a vaccine might be a highly effective public health intervention.

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