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September 1989

B Virus (Herpesvirus simiae) and Human Infection

Author Affiliations


From the Dermatology (Drs Benson and Malane) and Infectious Disease (Dr Hicks) Services, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (Dr Banks), Washington, DC, and the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, San Antonio, Tex (Dr Hilliard).

Arch Dermatol. 1989;125(9):1247-1248. doi:10.1001/archderm.1989.01670210085013

† 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)