According to CDC, US privately kept non human primates are not a public safety risk and never caused any disease in their human owners either 

Summer 2007

See the email correspondence in MSDOC and PDF File.

Forwarded Message:
Subj: FW: Inquiry on disease transmission from nonhuman primates to humans
Date: 7/17/2007 13:10:07 Eastern Daylight Time
From: nciddqweb@CDC.GOV
Sent from the Internet (Details)

Dear Sir,
This is in response to your inquiry of June 29, 2007, to the
Centers for Disease Control and Promotion, regarding transmission of
disease from nonhuman primates. Our veterinary officer advises the

There have been several documented cases of Herpes B virus. Also, there
have been documented infections of simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV),
Simian foamy virus, and Ebola Reston, but none of these have actually
caused disease.

The following documents contain further references, as well as being
useful in themselves:

Guidelines for Prevention of Herpesvirus Simiae (B Virus) Infection in
Monkey Handlers (contains lots of references)

Seroconversion to Simian Immunodeficiency Virus in Two Laboratory

Nonhuman Primate Spumavirus Infections Among Persons with Occupational
Exposure -- United States, 1996

Ebola-Reston Virus Infection Among Quarantined Nonhuman Primates --
Texas, 1996

A literature search through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed
service may turn up more information.

We hope this information is helpful.


Division of Global Migration and Quarantine
National Center for Preparedness, Control
and Detection of Infectious Diseases

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Do you have any record of disease transmission from non human primates
to humans in the USA?