College Station Veterinary Pathologist Erin Edwards, DVM, MS, DACVP, published an article in the August issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA). In this case report, Dr. Edwards discusses the transmission of human herpesvirus 1, also known as herpes simplex, from an owner to a pet marmoset. This infection was subclinical in the owner but resulted in fatal encephalitis in the marmoset. Though many people are well aware of the dangerous diseases that non-human primates can pass to humans, this case highlights a critical disease that passes the other way, from humans to non-human primates, and also emphasizes the importance of biosecurity measures when handling these species.
This case was from Dr. Edward’s tenure at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory only accepts formalin-fixed tissues from non-human primates. To read more about this case, please visit this link. For more information on TVMDL’s submission requirements, please call 1.888.646.5623 or visit tvmdl.tamu.edu.