Immunity to viral infections among medical students in London

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6958.876 (Published 01 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:876
  1. J M Best,
  2. S J Palmer,
  3. L Hesketh,
  4. P Morgan-Capner,
  5. K Mathers
  1. Department of Virology, St Thomas's Hospital, London SE1 7EH, Public Health Laboratory, Preston Royal Hospital, Preston PR2 4HG, Public Health Laboratory, St George's Hospital Medical School, London SW17 ORE.

    EDITOR, - Those responsible for students' health (for example, occupational health departments) frequently seek advice about immunity to viral infections among medical students. We therefore tested serum obtained between 1988 and 1990 from 199 first year students at the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas's Hospitals (St Thomas's campus) for antibodies to measles, mumps, rubella, herpes simplex, varicella zoster, and hepatitis A viruses and to cytomegalovirus. The table gives the techniques used and results obtained.

    The prevalence of antibodies to rubella virus among our female students (99%) confirms the success of …

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