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Pediatric Emergency Care:
doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e3181b0a45c
Illustrative Cases

Monkey Bites in Travelers: Should We Think of Herpes B Virus?

Ritz, Nicole MD*†‡; Curtis, Nigel FRCPCH, PhD*†§; Buttery, Jim MD*†§; Babl, Franz E. MD, MPH*‡§

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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.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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