Navigation Links
Monkey Virus Identical to HIV Endemic in Gorillas

A virus identical to HIV is endemic among wild gorillas in Africa and its source of transmission was probably through chimpanzees, according to researchers on Wednesday. // Statistics have shown that around 40 million people worldwide are living with HIV/AIDS.

Although monkeys in Africa infected with simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) are said to be the source of two of the three strains of the virus in humans the source of the third has been unknown, until now.

Martine Peeters, a virologist at the University of Montpellier in France said, 'It is the first time that someone has done a survey among wild gorillas to see whether they were infected with an SIV.'

She added, 'We showed they were infected and moreover they are infected with a virus that is closely related to HIV-1 and a particular variant O.'

Humans are believed to have become infected with HIV when they slaughtered infected chimpanzees for food. Around 25 million people have died of HIV/AIDS since the virus was identified a quarter of a century ago.

Three strains or groups of HIV - M, N and O have been identified. Group M is the most common strain and has spread around the globe. Strain N is linked to few cases in Cameroon and group O represents about one percent of HIV/AIDS cases in Cameroon and surrounding countries. 'It is only there that we find it,' Peeters explained, referring to the O strain.

She and her colleagues have collected and analyzed hundreds of droppings from wild gorillas and chimpanzees living in remote forest areas in Cameroon. The animals are hunted for food and medicines even today.

An analysis of the samples showed the gorillas were infected with a strain of SIV related to the O group. The infected gorillas lived nearly 400 kilometers (250 miles) apart so the scientists believe it is likely SIV infection is endemic in the animals.

Peeters, who reported the findings in the journal Nature, said, 'We have discovered it in gorillas but we think the primary reservoir are still chimpanzees. We think chimpanzees transmitted it to gorillas but we don't know who transmitted it to humans - the gorilla or the chimp.'

How the gorillas became infected in the first place is still a mystery because gorillas are vegetarians and encounters with chimpanzees are thought to be rare.

Knowing the origin of the HIV and its crossing of species is important in the understanding of what happens to the virus when it jumps species. Although there is no known cure or vaccine for HIV/AIDS drugs can help to control the replication of the virus in the body.
NLA
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. HIV blocking protein in Monkey
2. Monkeys offer genetic clues to adult blindness
3. Urban Monkeys Source Of Virus Infections
4. Monkeys Respond To HIV Treatment
5. Drug Company Admits Knowledge Of Side Effects In Monkeys
6. HIV Vaccine for Monkeys Increases Survival Rates
7. Effectiveness of Potential Bird flu Vaccine to be Tested on Monkeys
8. Virus Level could Predict Cervical Cancer Risk
9. Ebola Virus - Outbreak Claims More Lives In Uganda.
10. Experimental treatment for Ebola Virus Shows promising results in mice
11. Virus Combats Brain Tumour
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... The ... to promote standards of excellence for the field of eating disorders, announces the ... – 25, 2018 in Orlando, Florida at the Omni Resort at ChampionsGate. ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Many families have long-term insurance that covers ... companies have a waiver for care if the client has a cognitive impairment diagnosis. ... pays for care, is often waived, so the benefits from their insurance start immediately,” ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... giving viewers the lowdown on sciatica in a new episode of "Success Files," ... on current events and innovation and investigates each subject in-depth with passion and ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... CA (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... Cheng, are now treating sleep apnea using cutting-edge Oventus O2Vent technology. ... a serious sleep disorder characterized by frequent cessation in breathing. Oral appliances can ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Asante, a nationally recognized ... have expanded their existing home health joint venture through an agreement, effective October ... a joint venture home health company with Asante, delivering clinically integrated care, for ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/2/2017)... Halo Labs announces the European launch of their new ... at MIBio 2017 in Cambridge, U.K on ... in biopharmaceutical samples with unprecedented speed and sensitivity while using far ... Membrane Imaging. ... particle analysis system ...
(Date:9/28/2017)... Cohen Veterans Bioscience and Early Signal Foundation announce a ... sensors for real-time monitoring of patients with trauma-related and ... focused on disruptive health solutions for rare disorders and ... record and integrate behavioral, cognitive, physiological and contextual data. ... ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... , Sept. 25, 2017   Montrium ... Master File solutions, today—from the IQPC Trial Master ... , NL)—announced that EastHORN Clinical Services has ... clinical programs and TMF management. EastHORN, a leading ... eTMF platform to increase transparency to enable greater ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: