The prevalence of antibody to parvovirus B19 in hemophiliacs and in the general population

Zentralbl Bakteriol. 1996 Jul;284(2-3):232-40. doi: 10.1016/s0934-8840(96)80098-3.


The prevalence of antibodies to parvovirus B19 (B19) was measured in the sera of 566 hemophiliacs and 524 individuals of the general population by immunofluorescence assays, using antigen expressed by the baculovirus system. In the general population, anti-B19 IgG seroprevalence was found to continuously decline from 64 percent at birth to 0 percent in the age of 9-11 months and thereupon to increase to 61 percent in the age of 12 years. In younger adults and older people, IgG seroprevalence only slowly increased with age, reaching 77 percent in people aged 60 and above. In contrast, in hemophilic children treated exclusively with virally inactivated clotting factor concentrates, neither decrease nor increase of B19 IgG antibody was detectable and the overall seroprevalence was 92 percent. In the group of hemophiliacs older than 12 years and treated before 1984 with non-inactivated clotting factor concentrates, 98 percent showed antibody to B19. Anti-B19 IgM seroprevalence was significantly higher in hemophilic than in non-hemophilic individuals older than 12 years. Since it seems to be unlikely that the high seroprevalence in hemophiliacs is acquired by immunization with inactivated viral antigen, the results suggest that infection with B19 is transmitted by clotting factor concentrates, even if subjected to virucidal methods.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Antibodies, Viral / blood*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique, Indirect
  • Hemophilia A / blood
  • Hemophilia A / immunology
  • Hemophilia A / virology*
  • Hemophilia B / blood
  • Hemophilia B / immunology
  • Hemophilia B / virology*
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin G / blood
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Parvoviridae Infections / blood
  • Parvoviridae Infections / immunology
  • Parvoviridae Infections / virology*
  • Parvovirus B19, Human / immunology
  • Parvovirus B19, Human / isolation & purification*
  • von Willebrand Diseases / blood
  • von Willebrand Diseases / immunology
  • von Willebrand Diseases / virology


  • Antibodies, Viral
  • Immunoglobulin G