Merkel cell polyomavirus in respiratory tract secretions

Shan Goh, Cecilia Lindau, Annika Tiveljung-Lindell, Tobias Allander

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Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV), associated with Merkel cell carcinoma, was detected in 27 of 635 nasopharyngeal aspirate samples by real-time PCR. MCPyV was more commonly found in adults than in children. Presence in the upper respiratory tract may be a general property of human PyVs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-91
Number of pages3
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009


  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Child, Preschool
  • DNA, Viral
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Merkel Cells
  • Middle Aged
  • Nasopharynx
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Polyomavirus
  • Polyomavirus Infections
  • Prevalence
  • Respiratory Tract Infections
  • Young Adult
  • Journal Article


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