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March 1962

Procurement of Measles-Susceptible Rhesus Monkeys

Author Affiliations

James H. Vickers, D.V.M., Lederle Laboratories Division, American Cyanamid Company, Pearl River, N.Y.; Lederle Laboratories Division, American Cyanamid Company, Pearl River, N.Y.

Am J Dis Child. 1962;103(3):512-514. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1962.02080020524075

Protecting monkeys from exposure to measles virus is a difficult task. Physical contact is not necessary, and any susceptible monkey that is placed in close proximity with an infected animal is likely to obtain the virus.

A program to isolate individually rhesus monkeys from the time of trapping until use in the laboratory was established. A personal investigation of monkey-handling facilities and transportation policies was made in India by talking and working with the monkey trappers through the Kumaon Hills and Upper Ganges Valley. All authorized exporters were visited.

Isolation Plan  The plan, in brief, was to place the monkeys directly from traps into cages with individual compartments and to keep them segregated from other shipments, as well as from each other, to their destination.To conform with the minimum regulations of the Indian government, cages measured 36 ×19 ×18 in. Cages were partitioned into 4 compartments, with individual food

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