Retrovirus cannot survive the stomach acidity.Maybe the process of slaughtering the monkey predisposed the people to infected blood that could have passed on through body cuts obtained in the process.Viruses rely on the host to multiply and interfere with the cell structure of the affected areas causing damage that lead to infection.The inability of the virus to self-re-procreate is what makes the virus not to be alive.
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OK. Thanks for the enlightenment. Have there been any studies in utilizing bacteriophages against HIV/AIDS? What about those things called "water bears"? They can withstand a lot of extreme temps, depths, radiation & even in outer space. That's a lot of resistance.