Exposure to Wild Primates among HIV-infected Persons
Published Date:Oct 2007
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 13(10):1579-1582.
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Description:HIV-1 is an immunosuppressive pathogen. Our behavioral data for 191 HIV-1-infected rural Cameroonians show frequent exposure to nonhuman primates through activities such as hunting and butchering. Immunosuppression among persons exposed to body fluids of wild nonhuman primates could favor the process of adaptation and subsequent emergence of zoonotic pathogens.
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