Parvovirus B19 transmission by a high-purity factor VIII concentrate

Transfusion. 2005 Jun;45(6):1003-10. doi: 10.1111/j.1537-2995.2005.04387.x.


Background: Parvovirus B19 (B19) is known to cause a variety of human diseases in susceptible individuals by close contact via the respiratory route or by transfusion of contaminated blood or blood products. In this study, whether a case of B19 transmission was causally related to the infusion of implicated lots of a solvent/detergent (S/D)-treated, immunoaffinity-purified factor VIII concentrate (antihemophilic factor [human][AHF]) was investigated.

Study design and methods: Anti-B19 (both immunoglobulin M [IgM] and immunoglobulin G [IgG]) and B19 DNA (by a nucleic acid testing [NAT] procedure) were assayed in two implicated product lots, a plasma pool, and a recipient's serum sample. Analysis of the partial B19 sequences obtained from sequencing clones or direct sequencing of the samples was performed.

Results: Only one of the two implicated lots was B19 DNA-positive. It contained 1.3 x 10(3) genome equivalents (geq or international units [IU]) per mL. The negative lot was derived from plasma screened for B19 DNA by NAT in a minipool format to exclude high-titer donations, whereas the positive lot was mostly from unscreened plasma. This high-purity AHF product had no detectable anti-B19 IgG. A 4-week postinfusion serum sample from a recipient, who received both lots and became ill, was positive for the presence of B19 antibodies (both IgM and IgG) as well as B19 DNA. The B19 sequences from the positive lot, its plasma pool, and the recipient's serum sample were closely related.

Conclusion: These findings and the recipient's clinical history support a causal relationship between the implicated AHF product and B19 infection in this recipient. The seronegative patient became infected after receiving 2x10(4) IU (or geq) of B19 DNA, which was present in this S/D-treated, high-purity AHF product.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cloning, Molecular
  • DNA, Viral / analysis
  • DNA, Viral / blood*
  • Detergents / pharmacology
  • Factor VIII / isolation & purification
  • Factor VIII / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin G / blood
  • Immunoglobulin M / blood
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Parvoviridae Infections / blood
  • Parvoviridae Infections / transmission*
  • Parvoviridae Infections / virology
  • Parvovirus B19, Human / genetics*
  • Parvovirus B19, Human / immunology
  • Phylogeny
  • Plasma / drug effects
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • Serologic Tests / methods
  • Solvents / pharmacology


  • DNA, Viral
  • Detergents
  • Immunoglobulin G
  • Immunoglobulin M
  • Solvents
  • Factor VIII