JOSHUA FIERER, M.D.; PERCIVAL BAZELEY, M.D., D.V.M.; A. I. BRAUDE, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.P.
A nonfatal case of herpes B virus encephalomyelitis is presented. The patient is an eminent virologist whose last direct contact with monkeys was 10 years before he became ill. His illness began with a zoster-like lesion of the trigeminal nerve, which suggests reactivation of a latent infection, since he had had no recent exposure to monkeys. The diagnosis of B virus infection was made by isolation of the virus from a skin scraping; it was confirmed serologically. Treatment with prednisone, gamma globulin, and cytosine arabinoside did not seem to affect his course. His survival was primarily owing to intensive supportive therapy.
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FIERER J, BAZELEY P, BRAUDE AI. Herpes B Virus Encephalomyelitis Presenting as Ophthalmic Zoster: A Possible Latent Infection Reactivated. Ann Intern Med. 1973;79:225–228. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-79-2-225
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(2):225-228.
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