A Seminomadic Population in Bangladesh with Extensive Exposure to Macaques Does Not Exhibit High Levels of Zoonotic Simian Foamy Virus Infection

J Virol. 2015 Jul;89(14):7414-6. doi: 10.1128/JVI.01065-15. Epub 2015 Apr 29.


Simian foamy viruses (SVF) are ubiquitous in nonhuman 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, a PCR assay 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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bangladesh / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Macaca
  • Male
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • RNA, Viral / blood
  • Retroviridae Infections / epidemiology*
  • Simian foamy virus / genetics
  • Simian foamy virus / isolation & purification*
  • Transients and Migrants*
  • Zoonoses / epidemiology*


  • RNA, Viral