Mon­key alert

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A STUDY of nearly 900 non-hu­man pri­mates in Bangladesh and Cam­bo­dia shows that macaques har­bour more di­verse as­tro­viruses, which can cause in­fec­tious gas­troen­teri­tis or di­ar­rhoea in hu­mans. This re­search is the first to show ev­i­dence of hu­man as­tro­viruses in an­i­mals. As­tro­viruses from a num­ber of species, in­clud­ing hu­man, bovine, bird, cow and dog, were de­tected in mon­keys. It is still un­known whether th­ese viruses are two-way and can be trans­mit­ted to hu­mans. They did find ev­i­dence that, in mon­keys, two species of as­tro­virus re­com­bined. PLOS Pathogens, Novem­ber 19

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