MARY J. ANDERSON, Ph.D.; I.M. KIDD, B.S.; S.E. JONES, B.S.; JOHN R. PATTISON, Ph.D.; MICHAEL H. GRIECO, M.D.; MICHAEL LANGE, M.D.; ELENA BUIMOVICI-KLEIN, M.D.; LOUIS Z. COOPER, M.D.
To the editor: In 1975 a virus with the morphologic characteristics of a parvovirus was found in the serum of asymptomatic blood donors (1) and was found to meet the requirements for classification as an autonomous member of the Parvoviridae (2). Evidence suggests that human parvovirus is causally related to erythema infectiosum and aplastic crisis.
Parvoviruses are probably ubiquitous among mammals. Tissues composed of dividing cells constitute target organs. In patients with chronic hemolytic anemias, infection of the erythrocyte precursors in the hyperactive bone marrow leads to severe anemia, whereas in both canine and feline species transient leucopenia is a
ANDERSON MJ, KIDD I, JONES S, PATTISON JR, GRIECO MH, LANGE M, et al. Parvovirus Infection and the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Ann Intern Med. ;102:275. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-102-2-275_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;102(2):275.
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