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Volume 18, Number 10—October 2012

Monkey Bites among US Military Members, Afghanistan, 2011

Luke E. Mease1Comments to Author  and Katheryn A. Baker2
Author affiliations: US Army Combined Joint Task Force–1, Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan

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Characteristics of US military members bitten by monkeys, eastern Afghanistan, September–December, 2011*

Patient no. Age, y/sex Military branch Treatment received
Monkey ownership
Wound care Valacyclovir Antimicrobial drug Tetanus vaccine Rabies vaccine, HRIG
1 39/M Army + + + + ANSF
2 27/M Army + + + + + CIV†
3 22/M Army + + + CIV
4 44/F Army + + CIV
5 31/M Army + + + + ANSF
6 26/M Air Force + US military
7 26/M Army + + ANSF
8 27/M Army + + + + ANSF
9 22/M Army + + Unknown
10 25/F Air Force + + + + Unknown

*HRIG, human rabies immunoglobulin; –, not administered; +, administered; ANSF, Afghan National Security Forces; CIV, Afghan civilian.
†Monkey euthanized. Brain, tested at US Army Veterinary Laboratory Europe, was negative for rabies and B-virus.

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1Current affiliation: Army Health Clinic, Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, USA.

2Current affiliation: General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, USA.

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