author={Martin G. Myers and Lynn W. Kramer and Lawrence R Stanberry},
  journal={Pediatric Research},
Although the guinea pig is susceptible to varicella-zoster virus (VZV) adapted to fetal guinea pig tissue cultures, species other than the human have not proven susceptible to wild-type VZV infection. Varicella-like illnesses among cercopithecoids have been associated with herpesviruses related to, but distinct from, VZV. In contrast, varicella-like illnesses occurring among the hominoids have often been associated with exposure to VZV, although the etiologies have been considered to be species… 
Simian varicella in old world monkeys.
  • W. Gray
  • Medicine, Biology
    Comparative medicine
  • 2008
The biology of SVV and simian varicella as a veterinary disease of nonhuman primates is summarized and antiviral treatment for simianvaricella may be effective if administered early in the course of infection.
Experimental Infection of Cynomolgus Macaques (Macaca fascicularis) with Human Varicella-Zoster Virus
In contrast to previous failed attempts to successfully utilize attenuated VZV-Oka as an SIV vaccine vector in rhesus macaques due to suboptimal infectivity and cellular immunogenicity, the ability to infect cynomolgus macaque with Oka-P VZVs should provide a valuable tool for evaluating VZv-vectored SIV/HIV vaccines.
Animal Models of Varicella Zoster Virus Infection
Different animal models of VZV infection as well as an alternative animal model that leverages the infection of Old World macaques with the highly related simian varicella virus (SVV) are described and discussed and their contributions to the understanding of pathogenesis and immunity during VzV infection are discussed.
Abortive Intrabronchial Infection of Rhesus Macaques with Varicella-Zoster Virus Provides Partial Protection against Simian Varicella Virus Challenge
VZV vaccination of RMs followed by SVV challenge is a model that will support the development of vaccines that boost protective T cell responses against VZV, and suggests that a replication-incompetent V zoster vaccine that does not establish latency may provide sufficient protection against V ZV disease.
Simian varicella virus in pigtailed macaques (Macaca nemestrina): clinical, pathologic, and virologic features.
The described cases occurred in animals with reconstituted immune systems (after total-body irradiation) and demonstrate the clinical effects of infection with an endemic infectious agent in animalswith a questionable immune status.
Evidence for an alpha-herpesvirus indigenous to mountain gorillas.
  • R. Eberle
  • Biology
    Journal of medical primatology
  • 1992
Results represent the first evidence for an alpha-herpesvirus indigenous in a free ranging, nonhuman anthropoid species and preferential reactivity with HSV-2 antigen.
Chapter 15 Apes
  • Pathology of Wildlife and Zoo Animals
  • 2018
Viral Diseases of Nonhuman Primates