Author(s): de Oliveira T, Pybus OG, Rambaut A, Salemi M, Cassol S, , de Oliveira T, Pybus OG, Rambaut A, Salemi M, Cassol S,
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Abstract In 1998, outbreaks of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection were reported in children attending Al-Fateh Hospital in Benghazi, Libya. Here we use molecular phylogenetic techniques to analyse new virus sequences from these outbreaks. We find that the HIV-1 and HCV strains were already circulating and prevalent in this hospital and its environs before the arrival in March 1998 of the foreign medical staff (five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor) who stand accused of transmitting the HIV strain to the children.
This article was published in Nature
and referenced in Immunogenetics: Open Access