Published in Hepatitis Weekly, April 18th, 2005
According to a study from Scotland, "as well as being distributed widely in human populations, hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections occur frequently in chimpanzee, gibbon and other ape populations in sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia. To investigate the frequency and genetic relationships of HBV infecting gibbons in Cambodia, pileated gibbons (Hylobates pileatus) that were originally wild-caught were screened for surface antigen. Twelve of 26 (46%) were positive, of which 11 were positive for HBV DNA."
"Phylogenetic analysis of complete genome sequences revealed two...
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