foamy viruses


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foam·y vi·rus·es

retroviruses of the genus Spumavirus, family Retroviridae, found in primates and other mammals; so named because of lacelike changes produced in monkey kidney cells; syncytia are also produced.
Synonym(s): foamy agents

foam·y vi·rus·es

(fō'mē vī'rŭs-ĕz)
Retroviruses found in primates and other mammals; so named because of lacelike changes produced in monkey kidney cells; syncytia are also produced.
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Simian foamy viruses (SFVs) comprise a subfamily of simian retroviruses that are ubiquitous in nonhuman primates.
Simian foamy viruses (SFVs) are exogenous complex retroviruses, highly prevalent in several animal species in which they cause persistent infections (16-26).
Recent data from our own field sites suggest that simian foamy viruses infect bushmeat hunters regularly, so far without evidence of human-to-human transmission (26).
Interspecies transmission of simian foamy viruses from chimpanzees and gorillas to Bantous and Pygmees hunters in Southern Cameroon.