Polymicrobial wound infection and nerve injury secondary to a nonhuman primate bite

Meera Varman, José R. Romero, Robert A Cusick, Paul William Esposito, Douglas Armstrong

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Nonhuman primate bites in the United States are rare. Most physicians have no experience managing them. The lesions are initially treated in much the same way as human bites, although consultation with an infectious diseases specialist, surgeon, and veterinarian are recommended, especially for microbial infection control and management. Of particular concern is animal-to-human transmission of herpes B virus, which can be fatal. We report a case of polymicrobial simian bite wound infection with associated nerve injury in a 12-year-old boy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)120-122
Number of pages3
JournalInfections in Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2008



  • Animal bite
  • Nerve injury
  • Nonhuman primate
  • Wound infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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