Wednesday, May 18, 2005

BUSHMEAT - Ape hunters pick up new viruses

News from the BBC about bushmeat hunters who are picking up new strains of viruses, including two from the same family as HIV.
Researchers say their work proves it is not unusual for potentially dangerous viruses to jump from primates to man.

They say it is important to monitor disease in bushmeat hunters closely, as any virus they contract from animals may spread to the community at large.

The study, led by the US Johns Hopkins University, is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.