Herpesvirus simiae

From:Victoria Ryder

One of the MD's would like to switch to monkey
esophagus instead of umbilical cord for an EMA control
for our immunodermatology laboratory.  I am concerned
about the risk of Herpesvirus simiae, which is fatal
in humans.  Although rare, I think it is introducing
additional risk into the laboratory that is not
necessary. Other tissues that are cut are fixed in
Michel's media or are fresh tonsils.  The MD argues no
additional risk is introduced because of the already
existing risk of HIV, pemphigus, Hepatitis, etc.  Does
anyone have any thoughts or statistics on exposure
versus disease?

Victoria Ryder

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