Quantitative real-time PCR for detection of monkey B virus (cercopithecine
herpesvirus 1) in clinical samples.
Although known by several names over the years since its initial isolation in 1932 (Herpesvirus simiae, monkey B virus, Herpes B, and Cercopithecine
herpesvirus 1), BV is currently designated as Macacine alphaherpesvirus 1 by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses.
Serological testing for tuberculosis, measles, cercopithecine
herpes I, and simian viruses (SIV, SRV, and STLV) was performed annually while complete blood counts and clinical chemistries, diabetic markers, and bacteriological and parasitological fecal examination were performed quarterly as part of clinical health checks.
A comparative study of aggression and conciliation in three cercopithecine
monkeys (Macaca fuscata, Macaca nigra, Papiopapio).
Apes are tailless nonhuman primates that diverged from the cercopithecine
monkeys about 25,000,000 years ago.
On day 3 Herpes B scrology (Cercopithecine
herpesvirus 1) was ordered due to occupational exposure to non-human primates.
B virus, also known as Cercopithecine
herpesvirus 1 (CHV-1), Herpesvirus simiae, Herpes simiae, or Simian B disease, is considered endemic among monkeys of the genus Macaca.
Huff JL, Barry PA (2003) B-virus (Cercopithecine
herpesvirus 1) infection in humans and macaques: potential for zoonotic disease.
The same year this report was published, a splash to the eye unassociated with injury resulted in the Cercopithecine
herpesvirus 1 infection and subsequent death of a research assistant at a primate research center (2,3).
It wasn't that science didn't support their contentions: Since the early 1930s, primatologists have known that macaques carry Herpesvirus simiae, commonly known as herpes B or B virus (scientifically referred to as cercopithecine
herpesvirus), which can cause a potentially fatal brain infection in humans.
Hrdy, "Intensity of local resource competition shapes the relationship between maternal rank and sex ratios at birth in cercopithecine
primates," American Naturalist 138 (1991), pp.
Bites by NHPs can transmit other potentially life threatening zoonoses, such as the herpes B virus (Cercopithecine