More than 20 countries say the world has been too slow to respond to the cancer-causing retrovirus – and urgent action is required

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A coalition of the world’s foremost scientists, activists and researchers has written to the World Health Organisation to plead for action to combat the cancer-causing retrovirus HTLV-1, while the federal government is being urged to “show leadership” in dealing with the spread of the virus in central Australia.

In an extraordinary move, 60 representatives from 26 countries have signed the letter, telling WHO it is “time to eradicate HTLV-1” and conceding that “our global community has been slow to respond to the HTLV-1 predicament”.

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