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Revista Romana de Boli Infectioase | Volumul XV, Nr. 2, An 2012
ISSN 1454-0398  |  e-ISSN 2069-6175
ISSN-L 1454-0398

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ORIGIN OF HUMAN T-LYMPHOTROPIC VIRUS TYPE 1 IN RURAL COTE D’IVOIRE

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ABSTRACT

Simian T-lymphotropic virus type 1 (STLV-1) strains occasionally infect humans. However, the frequency of such infections is unknown. We show that direct transmission of STLV-1 from nonhuman primates to humans may be responsible for a substantial proportion of human T-lymphotropic virus type 1 infections in rural Côte d’Ivoire, where primate hunting is common.

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