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Deadly virus hits monkeys and could become the new HIV

The scientific community is in turmoil. On Friday, September 30, 2022, American researchers at the University of Colorado announce a disturbing discovery: A virus that kills monkeys can also be fatal to humans.

Even today HIV cannot be cured unfortunately. Nevertheless, there is always reason for hope. There are beautiful stories, such as that of a woman who was cured of HIV after an umbilical cord transplant. A treatment that is certainly surprising, but which has proven itself in the fight against AIDS. At the same time, a new treatment discovered in the summer is also raising high hopes among scientists. For example, several researchers conducted a study in which they tried to get rid of HIV with a single injection.

Transmissible to humans

Research develops and with it the discovery of new diseases. While fears of a new variant of Covid being discovered in Russia are troubling researchers, it is a completely different virus that also worries part of the scientific community.

The news comes from the University of Colorado at Boulder. As The Independent reported, American scientists there “discovered an obscure family of viruses already endemic to wild African primates.”

The results of this study were first published online on Friday, September 30, 2022 in the journal Cell exempt. The researchers explain that this virus can cause fatal Ebola-like symptoms in some monkeys. If we take this news seriously, it is because this virus is said to be “about to spread” to humans.

Virus similar to HIV

“This animal virus has figured out how to get into human cells, replicate and bypass some of the important immune mechanisms that we expect to protect ourselves from an animal virus. That’s quite rare. We need to look into it,” the study said. pointed out lead author, Sara Sawyer, professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology at the University of Colorado.

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No human infection has been reported to date. The American researchers are of the opinion that the virus has “great similarities” with HIV. A virus that originated in African monkeys, such as The Independent reported. The urgency, of course, is to prevent another pandemic. The scientists therefore plan to analyze the arterial viruses very precisely in both animals and humans.

Translated from French by Gentside FR

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