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The World in Medicine
May 8, 2002

"Bush meat" Threat

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JAMA. 2002;287(18):2353. doi:10.1001/jama.287.18.2353-JWM20005-2-1

A substantial proportion of monkeys captured in Cameroon rain forests harbor "a plethora of genetically diverse" simian immunodeficiency viruses (SIVs) that pose a potential health risk, particularly to people who slaughter them for food, according to new findings reported in the May issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Earlier research indicated that the two SIV lineages most closely related to HIV-1 and HIV-2 were transmitted to humans from infected chimpanzees and sooty mangabeys on at least eight occasions, very likely during hunting and butchering of these animals.