ROBERT A. OKPARA, M.D.; EKA WILLIAMS, Ph.D.; JOSEF SCHNEIDER, Ph.D.; IRENE WENDLER, Ph.D.; GERHARD HUNSMANN, M.D.
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To the editor: Antibodies to the human T-cell leukemia virus (HTLV) have been detected in sera of African green monkeys (Cercopithecus aethiops) which are in captivity in West Germany but which naturally inhabit the savanna regions of Africa (1). This virus, or one closely related, has also been cultured from mononuclear cells of these monkeys (2). Furthermore, antibodies have been detected in blood donors and some patients with leukemia or lymphoma living in the Sahel and savanna zones of northern Nigeria (3). Recently, HTLV antibodies were detected in the blood of two patients with T-cell lymphoma as well as in
OKPARA RA, WILLIAMS E, SCHNEIDER J, et al. Antibodies to Human T-Cell Leukemia Virus Types I and III in Blood Donors from Calabar, Nigeria. Ann Intern Med. 1986;104:132. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-104-1-132_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;104(1):132.
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