Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 16206066
J. Infect. Dis. 2005 Nov;192(9):1525-9
We evaluated the presence of human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8) infection among groups of Amerindians in French Guiana. The overall prevalence of antibodies against lytic HHV-8 antigens was 23.0% (180/781), increasing from 18.4% in children 45 years). Seroprevalence was higher in Amerindians living in remote localities than it was in those living in the coastal region. Analysis of a 725-base pair fragment of the K1 gene amplified from DNA from a Wayampi Amerindian showed that the virus belonged to molecular subtype E, which has hitherto been found in only a few Amerindians in Brazil and Ecuador.