Simian varicella virus

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Simian varicella virus
Virus classification
Group: Group I (dsDNA)
Order: Herpesvirales
Family: Herpesviridae
Subfamily: Alphaherpesvirinae
Genus: Varicellovirus
Species: Simian Varicella Virus

The Simian Varicella Virus or SVV infects primates and shares clinical, pathological, immunological, and virological features with varicella-zoster virus infection of humans. Monkeys that had been inoculated intratracheally with SVV developed diffuse varicella 10 to 12 days later. Monkeys that were caged with each of the intratracheally infected monkeys developed a mild rash 2 weeks later, hence providing evidence of airborne transmission.[1]


  1. ^ Mahalingam R, Traina-Dorge V, Wellish M, Smith J, Gilden DH (2002). "Naturally acquired simian varicella virus infection in African green monkeys". J. Virol. 76 (17): 8548–50. PMC 136991Freely accessible. PMID 12163574.