Author(s): Ostrowski SR, Leslie MJ, Parrott T, Abelt S, Piercy PE
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Abstract Of primary concern when evaluating macaque bites are bacterial and B-virus infections. B-virus infection is highly prevalent (80\% to 90\%) in adult macaques and may cause a potentially fatal meningoencephalitis in humans. We examined seven nonoccupational exposure incidents involving 24 persons and eight macaques. Six macaques were tested for herpes B; four (67\%) were seropositive. A common observation was that children were more than three times as likely to be bitten than adults. The virus must be assumed to be a potential health hazard in macaque bite wounds; this risk makes macaques unsuitable as pets.
This article was published in Emerg Infect Dis
and referenced in Journal of Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology