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China’s first human infection case with Monkey B Virus dies

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According to Global Times, a Beijing-based vet who was confirmed as China’s first human infection case with Monkey B Virus (BV) has died from the virus, but his close contacts are safe for the time being.

Meanwhile, a person infected with the monkeypox virus has been hospitalized in Texas, United States.

A vet was infected with Monkey B Virus in Beijing, China

The 53-year-old male vet, who worked for a non-human primate research organisation, developed nausea and vomiting a month after dissecting two dead monkeys in early March.

The vet sought treatment at several hospitals before passing away on May 27, according to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s China CDC Weekly English Platform.

It was stated that there had previously been no fatal or even clinically evident BV infections in China, making the vet’s case the first human infection case with BV identified in China.

Researchers collected the veterinarian’s cerebrospinal fluid in April and found him to be positive for BV, despite the fact that samples from his close contacts tested negative for the virus.

Discovery of virus

The virus, discovered in 1932, is an alphaherpesvirus that is enzootic in macaques of the genus Macaca. It is transmitted through direct contact and the exchange of bodily secretions, and has a fatality rate of 70-80%.

The journal speculated that BV in monkeys could pose a risk to occupational workers.

According to the report, BV must be eliminated during the development of specific pathogen-free rhesus colonies, and surveillance in laboratory macaques and occupational workers in China must be strengthened.

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Brendan Byrne

While studying economics, Brendan found himself comfortably falling down the rabbit hole of restaurant work, ultimately opening a consulting business and working as a private wine buyer. On a whim, he moved to China, and in his first week following a triumphant pub quiz victory, he found himself bleeding on the floor based on his arrogance. The same man who put him there offered him a job lecturing for the University of Wales in various sister universities throughout the Middle Kingdom. While primarily lecturing in descriptive and comparative statistics, Brendan simultaneously earned an Msc in Banking and International Finance from the University of Wales-Bangor. He's presently doing something he hates, respecting French people. Well, two, his wife and her mother in the lovely town of Antigua, Guatemala.




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