From monkeys to humans: the importance of interspecies transmission in the emergence of retroviruses in Central Africa


Most of the viral pathogenic agents that have emerged in humans in recent decades are of animal origin. Hence, researchers from the Institut Pasteur have recently proved, for the first time scientifically at the epidemiological level, that specific contact with a monkey is a risk factor for the transmission of a pathogenic retrovirus (STLV-1/HTLV-1) to humans

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