two distinct variants of simian foamy virus in naturally infected mandrills (mandrillus sphinx) and cross-species transmission to humans.each of the pathogenic human retroviruses (hiv-1/2 and htlv-1) has a nonhuman primate counterpart, and the presence of these retroviruses in humans results from interspecies transmission. the passage of another simian retrovirus, simian foamy virus (sfv), from apes or monkeys to humans has been reported. mandrillus sphinx, a monkey species living in central africa, is naturally infected with sfv. we evaluated the natural history of the virus in a free-ranging colony of mandrills and investigated ...201021156043
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