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Transfusion-transmitted Syphilis in Teaching Hospital, Ghana [Letter]

Owusu-Ofori, Alex K., Parry, Christopher M. and Bates, Imelda ORCID: (2011) 'Transfusion-transmitted Syphilis in Teaching Hospital, Ghana [Letter]'. Emerging Infectious Diseases, Vol 17, Issue 11, pp. 2080-2082.

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Transfusion transmitted syphilis has been scarcely reported in medical literature in recent decades. In this study conducted in a teaching hospital where donated blood is not screened for syphilis, paired blood samples were obtained from two hundred units of blood and from the recipients of these blood transfusions. Recipients who were later found to have received blood that was sero-positive for syphilis were recalled for follow up examination and testing. The prevalence of syphilis sero-positivity in donated blood was 8.0% (95% CI 4.3-11.7%) and the prevalence in transfusion recipients before transfusion was 13.5% (95% CI 8.3-17.7%). One recipient, an 8 year old girl who had received blood that had been stored for only one day, was found to have sero converted.
In areas with high syphilis prevalence and inadequate blood supply, such that prolonged refrigeration is not feasible, the risk for transfusion transmitted syphilis is high and screening should continue.

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Additional Information: The electronic article is the original and should be cited as: Owusu-Ofori AK, Parry CM, Bates I. Transfusion-transmitted syphilis in teaching hospital, Ghana [letter]. Emerg Infect Dis [serial on the Internet]. 2011 Nov [date cited]. DOI: 10.3201/eid1711.110985 A.K.O.-O. was supported by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, UK.
Subjects: WC Communicable Diseases > Sexually Transmitted Diseases > WC 160 Syphilis
WH Hemic and Lymphatic Systems > Hematologic Diseases. Immunologic Factors. Blood Banks > WH 460 Blood bank procedures
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Depositing User: Tina Bowers
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2011 14:15
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2019 08:22


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