China recorded the first human death due to a rare virus already identified in monkeys. A man contracted a rare infectious primate disease known as monkey B virus and also Herpes B. The victim is a 53-year-old veterinarian from Beijing. The information is from Chinese health authorities, released by The Washington Post.
According to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the man worked at a research institute specializing in primate breeding and dissected two dead apes in March. A month later, he felt nausea, vomiting, fever and died on May 27th. Blood and saliva samples were sent to the center in April, when researchers found evidence of the monkey B virus.
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The monkey B virus or herpes B is prevalent among monkeys, but extremely rare – and often deadly – when it spreads to humans. In humans, it attacks the central nervous system and causes inflammation in the brain, leading to loss of consciousness, Kentaro Iwata, an infectious disease specialist at Kobe University in Japan, told the American Journal. If left untreated, there is a mortality rate of around 80%.
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