† B virus (Herpesvirus simiae) infections in macaque colonies are common. Herpetiform lesions as well as asymptomatic shedding of virus in bodily secretions from macaques pose a risk to animal handlers and laboratory workers. Fatal encephalitis in humans infected with B virus has occurred. Dermatologists may become involved in the initial evaluation of animal handlers exposed to this virus through bites or infectious secretions.
(Arch Dermatol. 1989;125:1247-1248)
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