Australian Museum Journal Koala retrovirus (KoRV): are humans at risk of infection?

Shortform:
Xu and Stoye, 2014. Tech. Rep. Aust. Mus., Online 24: 99–101
Author(s):
Wenqin Xu; Jonathan P. Stoye
Year published:
2014
Title:
Koala retrovirus (KoRV): are humans at risk of infection?
Serial title:
Technical Reports of the Australian Museum (online)
Volume:
24
Start page:
99
End page:
101
DOI:
10.3853/j.1835-4211.24.2014.1627
Language:
English
Date published:
29 May 2014
Cover date:
29 May 2014
ISSN:
1835-4211 (online)
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
RETROVIRUS; ANIMAL DISEASE; VIROLOGY; MAMMALIA: MARSUPIALIA
Digitized:
29 May 2014
Available online:
29 May 2014
Reference number:
1627
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (164kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (344kb PDF)

Abstract

This manuscript summarizes the break-out session held on koala retrovirus (KoRV): Any risks of human infection? at the Koala Conservation Workshop: The koala and its retroviruses: implications for sustainability and survival held at San Diego Zoo, April 17–18, 2013. The goals of this break-out session were to discuss the zoonotic risk of koala retroviruses, the necessity to test human populations for exposure, and precautions to be taken to protect humans who transport or handle koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus). Currently there is no evidence to support the zoonotic potential of KoRV, and the necessity to test humans for KoRV infection needs to be further justified. We recommend strict compliance with standard precautions when handling animals.