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Scand J Infect Dis. 1987;19(5):511-7.

Early AIDS cases originating from Zaïre and Burundi (1962-1976).

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Department of Internal Medicine, St-Luc Hospital, University of Louvain, Brussels, Belgium.


Three retrospectively diagnosed fatal AIDS cases are reported and discussed together with 4 other HIV seropositive patients, who all apparently contracted the HIV infection prior to the beginning of the present outbreak, without any other risk factor than heterosexual exposure in Central Africa. These data and simultaneous information from other sources contribute to the assumption that AIDS is an old disease in Central Africa. AIDS, having presented itself as a sporadic and ill defined entity, remained unrecognized in Central Africa until the outset of the present outbreak.

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