A semi-nomadic population in Bangladesh with extensive exposure to macaques does not exhibit high levels of zoonotic simian foamy virus infection.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Journal of virology (2015)


Simian Foamy viruses (SVF) are ubiquitous in non-human primates (NHP). SFV can be zoonotically transmitted to humans, who either work with, or live commensally with NHP. We analyzed the blood of 45 Bangladeshi performing monkey owners (an ethnic group called the Bedey) for SFV infection. Surprisingly, PCR failed to detect SFV infection in any of these participants. This is in contrast to our previously reported infection rate of about 5% among Bangladeshi villagers.