Different population dynamics of human T cell lymphotropic virus type II in intravenous drug users compared with endemically infected tribes.

@article{Salemi1999DifferentPD,
  title={Different population dynamics of human T cell lymphotropic virus type II in intravenous drug users compared with endemically infected tribes.},
  author={Marco Salemi and Martha Lewis and Jim F X Egan and William W. Hall and Jan Desmyter and Anne Mieke Vandamme},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={1999},
  volume={96 23},
  pages={13253-8}
}
The phylogeny of human T cell lymphotropic virus type II (HTLV-II) was investigated by using strains isolated from Amerindian and Pygmy tribes, in which the virus is maintained primarily through mother-to-child transmission via breast-feeding, and strains from intravenous drug users (IDUs), in which spread is mainly blood-borne via needle sharing. Molecular clock analysis showed that HTLV-II has two different evolutionary rates with the molecular clock for the virus in IDUs ticking 150-350… CONTINUE READING