Human Metapneumovirus Infection in Wild Mountain Gorillas, Rwanda
Published Date:Apr 2011
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 17(4):711-713.
Gorilla Beringei Beringei
Molecular Sequence Data
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Description:The genetic relatedness of mountain gorillas and humans has led to concerns about interspecies transmission of infectious agents. Human-to-gorilla transmission may explain human metapneumovirus in 2 wild mountain gorillas that died during a respiratory disease outbreak in Rwanda in 2009. Surveillance is needed to ensure survival of these critically endangered animals.
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