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SEROLOGICAL EVIDENCE OF RECENT DENGUE VIRUS INFECTION AMONG FEBRILE CHILDREN IN A SEMI ARID ZONE

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Author(s): Faneye Adedayo | Idika Nioma | Motayo Babatunde Olanrewaju | Adesanmi Adeyinka | Afocha Ebele

Journal: American Journal of Infectious Diseases
ISSN 1553-6203

Volume: 9;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 7;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Children | Dengue Virus | IgM Antibodies | Ilorin

ABSTRACT
Presence of Dengue virus has been established in Nigeria; owing to the severity of this disease and its attendant complications we investigated the presence of this virus serologically in febrile Nigerian children under 5 years of age from Ilorin. Blood samples were tested from 130 children under the age of 5 years for the presence of IgM antibodies against all the Dengue virus serotypes using ELISA Kit by IVD research, Inc® California USA. A prevalence rate of 40(30.8%) was recorded, with male children having a higher rate of 30(44.1%) while female children recorded 10(16.1%). Age range distribution was highest in group 3>5 years with 10(62.5%) and lowest in age group
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