HIV types 1 and 2 (HIV-1 and HIV-2) are the result of multiple cross-species transmissions of their simian counterparts (SIVs) to humans. We studied whether new SIVs lineages have been transmitted to humans in rural Côte d’Ivoire and identified a novel HIV-2 variant (HIV-2-07IC-TNP03) not related to any of the previously defined HIV-2 groups. This finding shows that sooty mangabey viruses continue to be transmitted to humans, causing new zoonotic outbreaks.
aUMI 233, IRD and University of Montpellier 1, Montpellier, France
bDepartment of Diagnostics, Teaching Hospital, University of Bouake, Côte d’Ivoire
cProject group Epidemiology of Highly Pathogenic Microorganisms RKI, Berlin, Germany
dDepartment of Microbiology and Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Correspondence to Dr Ahidjo Ayouba, PhD, IRD/University Montpellier 1, Montpellier, France. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Preliminary results of this work have been presented at the 19th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), Seattle, Washington, USA, (5–8 March, 2012), Abstract No. 62LB.
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