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  1. Respiratory virus antibodies in adults of a Norwegian community : prevalences and risk factors.

    Article - En anglais


    The aims were to examine prevalences as well as demographic and environmental predictors of respiratory virus antibodies in serum.


    In a cross-sectional study of 18-73 year old Norwegian adults a random stratified sample (n=1512) was invited to attend an examination at an outpatient clinic.

    Seven respiratory virus antibodies were assessed by the complement fixation test.


    The attendance rate was 84%. The most frequent virus antibodies with titre of =1 : 8 were influenza virus type A with a population standardized prevalence of 44%, adenovirus 25% and influenza virus type B 22%. The prevalences of antibodies against parainfluenza virus type 1,2 and 3 increased with age.

    Smokers compared to non-smokers had an adjusted odds ratio (OR) of 1.7 (95% confidence interval [Cl] : 1.3-2.4) for having one or more of the seven examined virus antibodies.

    The presence of one or more of the virus antibodies increased from summer to winter months (adjusted OR=1.3 per month ; 95% Cl : 1.2-1.4) and it was higher in occupational dust or gas exposed smokers (adjusted OR=2.0 ; 95% Cl : 1.1-3.7) compared with unexposed smokers.


    Ageing, smoking, occupational dust or gas exposure as well as season of the year may thus be predictors for levels of respiratory virus antibodies in adults.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Virose, Infection, Appareil respiratoire pathologie, Sérologie, Prévalence, Epidémiologie, Homme, Etude transversale, Norvège, Europe, Facteur risque

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Viral disease, Infection, Respiratory disease, Serology, Prevalence, Epidemiology, Human, Cross sectional study, Norway, Europe, Risk factor

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 95-0209631

    Code Inist : 002B05C02C. Création : 09/06/1995.