About the Authors

Fatemeh Farshadpour

Affiliations Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, School of Medicine, Bushehr University of Medical Sciences, Bushehr, Iran, Persian Gulf Tropical Medicine Research Center, Bushehr University of Medical Sciences, Bushehr, Iran

Reza Taherkhani

taherkhanireza2005@yahoo.com

Affiliations Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, School of Medicine, Bushehr University of Medical Sciences, Bushehr, Iran, Persian Gulf Tropical Medicine Research Center, Bushehr University of Medical Sciences, Bushehr, Iran

Saeed Tajbakhsh

Affiliations Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, School of Medicine, Bushehr University of Medical Sciences, Bushehr, Iran, Persian Gulf Tropical Medicine Research Center, Bushehr University of Medical Sciences, Bushehr, Iran

Marziyeh Gholizadeh Tangestani

Affiliation Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, School of Medicine, Bushehr University of Medical Sciences, Bushehr, Iran

Gholamreza Hajiani

Affiliation Bushehr Blood Transfusion Organization, Bushehr, Iran

Nasrin Sharifi

Affiliation Research Center for Biochemistry and Nutrition in Metabolic Diseases, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran

Sakineh Taherkhani

Affiliation Reproductive Health and Midwifery Department, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahroud University of Medical Sciences, Shahroud, Iran

Abdolreza Nejadbolkheyr

Affiliation Bushehr Blood Transfusion Organization, Bushehr, Iran

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: FF RT. Performed the experiments: FF RT S. Tajbakhsh MGT AN. Analyzed the data: FF RT NS S. Taherkhani. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: FF RT GH S. Tajbakhsh. Wrote the paper: FF RT. Performed the literature review and edited the manuscript: S. Tajbakhsh. Collected the data: MGT AN. Provided the databases of donor records: GH.