Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to site content
CDC Home

Epidemiologic Notes and Reports Update: Evidence of Filovirus Infection in an Animal Caretaker in a Research/Service Facility

Evidence of filovirus infection in workers in quarantine facilities for imported primates has prompted new guidelines for safe handling of monkeys and the requirement for a special permit to import cynomolgus, African green, and rhesus monkeys into the United States (1,2). This evidence of infection has also prompted studies of other workers exposed to monkeys in various types of facilities.

Filovirus serologic testing was done on 55 CDC employees with current or previous occupational exposure to monkeys. One of these employees, an animal caretaker who had previously handled cynomolgus monkeys but has had no contact with any monkeys since December 1988, was seropositive (filovirus antibody titer greater than or equal to 16 by indirect immunofluorescent antibody and confirmed by Western blot). Serosurveys of other groups of persons exposed to monkeys are in progress. Reported by: RK Sikes, DVM, State Epidemiologist, Georgia Dept of Human Resources. Div of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases, Scientific Resources Program, Center for Infectious Diseases, CDC.

References

  1. CDC. Update: Ebola-related filovirus infection in nonhuman primates and interim guidelines for handling nonhuman primates during transit and quarantine. MMWR 1990;39:22-4,29-30.

  2. CDC. Requirement for a special permit to import cynomolgus, African green, or rhesus monkeys into the United States. Federal Register 1990;55:15210-1.



Use of trade names and commercial sources is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

References to non-CDC sites on the Internet are provided as a service to MMWR readers and do not constitute or imply endorsement of these organizations or their programs by CDC or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CDC is not responsible for the content of pages found at these sites. URL addresses listed in MMWR were current as of the date of publication.


All MMWR HTML versions of articles are electronic conversions from typeset documents. This conversion might result in character translation or format errors in the HTML version. Users are referred to the electronic PDF version (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr) and/or the original MMWR paper copy for printable versions of official text, figures, and tables. An original paper copy of this issue can be obtained from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), Washington, DC 20402-9371; telephone: (202) 512-1800. Contact GPO for current prices.

**Questions or messages regarding errors in formatting should be addressed to mmwrq@cdc.gov.

 
USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   1600 Clifton Road Atlanta, GA 30329-4027, USA
800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348 - Contact CDC–INFO
A-Z Index
  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D
  5. E
  6. F
  7. G
  8. H
  9. I
  10. J
  11. K
  12. L
  13. M
  14. N
  15. O
  16. P
  17. Q
  18. R
  19. S
  20. T
  21. U
  22. V
  23. W
  24. X
  25. Y
  26. Z
  27. #