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lentivirus in a pathogen-free environment

Franck COURCHAMP fcourch at biomserv.univ-lyon1.fr
Tue Jun 27 09:06:46 EST 1995

If a host is infected by a lentivirus, and then go living in such
conditions that some pathogens do exist, but no specific pathogen (usual
pathogen of this host do not exist) then, will seropositivity be longer?
If the seropositive host is to die from a usually-inoffensive pathogen
(non-specific), does it make a difference compared to an environment with
specific pathogens?
For exemple, put N seropositive cats (FIV+) in a desert island where there
is no cat pathogen. What should be the mean life duration of these N cats?
Thanks for your lights.
Franck Courchamp
fcourch at biomserv.univ-lyon1.fr

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