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Emerg Infect Dis. 2007 Oct;13(10):1579-82. doi: 10.3201/eid1310.070338.

Exposure to wild primates among HIV-infected persons.

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Johns Hopkins Cameroon Program, Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Abstract

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.

PMID:
18258013
PMCID:
PMC2851513
DOI:
10.3201/eid1310.070338
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