Exposure to wild primates among HIV-infected persons

Matthew LeBreton, Otto Yang, Ubald Tamoufe, Eitel Mpoudi-Ngole, Judith N. Torimiro, Cyrille F. Djoko, Jean K. Carr, A. Tassy Prosser, Anne W. Rimoin, Deborah L. Birx, Donald S. Burke, Nathan D. Wolfe

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1579-1582
Number of pages4
JournalEmerging infectious diseases
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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