Washington: A woman from Cameroon has been found to be infected with an AIDS-like virus that came from gorillas, French researchers reported on Sunday.The woman, who has no symptoms of HIV infection, is well and was likely infected by another person, not an animal, the researchers said.Their findings suggest this newly discovered gorilla virus is circulating among people, they reported in the journal Nature Medicine."We have identified a new human immunodeficiency virus in a Cameroonian woman. It is closely related to gorilla simian immunodeficiency virus and shows no evidence of recombination with other HIV-1 lineages or with chimpanzee SIV," Jean-Christophe Plantier of the Universite de Rouen in France and colleagues wrote.
The woman, a widow, herself had no contact with gorillas but said she had several sex partners after her husband died. She remembered having been sick once.When people become newly infected with HIV, they often have a fever and minor illness at the time but rarely know what it is. They are usually diagnosed later, after the virus has begun damaging the immune system.There is no cure for HIV but drugs can control it for years.Bureau Report
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