Complement-fixing antibodies against cytomegalovirus in different parts of the world

Bull World Health Organ. 1973;49(1):103-6.


A WHO cooperative study in which 27 laboratories participated showed that the distribution of cytomegalovirus antibodies in healthy blood donors varies widely, ranging from 40% in highly industrialized areas to 100% in developing countries. Climatic factors did not appear to play an important role in the spread of the virus.

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Viral / analysis*
  • Climate
  • Complement Fixation Tests
  • Cytomegalovirus / immunology*
  • Humans
  • World Health Organization


  • Antibodies, Viral