Monkey bites in travelers: Should we think of herpes B virus?

Nicole Ritz, Nigel Curtis, Jim Buttery, Franz E Babl

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Monkey bites are frequently reported among children traveling to tropical countries and can be associated with the transmission of zoonoses. Potentially fatal transmission of herpes B virus from macaque bites is rare but well documented in biomedical research facilities. The risk in travelers remains unknown. We report a case of a 7-year-old girl bitten by a macaque on her forehead and discuss her postexposure management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)529-531
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Emergency Care
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Ceropithecine herpesvirus 1
  • Herpes B virus
  • Herpesvirus simiae
  • Monkey bite
  • Travel

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