Seroprevalence of neutralizing antibodies against dengue virus in two localities in the state of Morelos, Mexico

Irma Y. Amaya-Larios, Ruth Aralí Martínez-Vega, Sandra V. Mayer, Marisol Galeana-Hernández, Andreu Comas-García, Karla J. Sepúlveda-Salinas, Jorge A. Falcón-Lezama, Nikos Vasilakis, José Ramos-Castañeda

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Humoral immune response against dengue virus (DENV) is an important component in dengue-endemic transmission. We conducted a cross-sectional nested cohort study to determine the seroprevalence and frequency of neutralizing antibodies against DENV serotypes in two endemic localities in the state of Morelos, Mexico. The cohort participants (N = 1,196) were screened to determine previous exposure to DENV. Overall seroprevalence was 76.6% (95% confidence interval [95% CI] = 73.6-79.2), and prevalence of neutralizing antibodies in the 5- to 9-year-old group was 82.5% (95% CI = 67.2-92.7), 45% (95% CI = 29.3-61.5), and 65% (95% CI = 48.3-79.4) for DENV-1, DENV-2, and DENV-3, respectively. For participants older than 10 years, the observed seroprevalence was above 60% for each serotype, except DENV-4 in the 10- to 25-year-old group (42.9%); 81% of humoral responses were multitypic. The outcomes of our study contribute to understanding the immune component of dengue transmission and provide focal information for the evaluation of vaccine candidates under development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1057-1065
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology
  • Parasitology


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