And don’t eat them! – A 62-year-old African woman living in Paris who tested positive for HIV is carrying a new strain of the virus which comes from gorillas. This was probably caused by eating illegally imported bush meat (monkey meat), which is considered a delicacy by many Africans living in Europe.
In the August 3rd edition of the Independent, Lewis Smith reports that the woman, who is from Cameroon, denies having contact with live gorillas or eating gorilla meat. However, meat from primates has been declared illegal in most European countries, since it can transmit both HIV and Ebola, so she may not want to admit buying it. Her HIV has not yet morphed into AIDS.