Chinese vet dies of deadly Monkey B virus in the lab

Chinese vet dies of deadly Monkey B virus in the lab

Beijing-based vet, who was confirmed as China’s first human infection case with Monkey B virus, dies: Report

Chinese vet dies of deadly Monkey B virus in the lab

The vet used to works for an institution researching on non-human primates.

53-year-old vet showed early-onset symptoms of nausea and vomiting a month after he dissected two dead monkeys in early March
Meanwhile, his family members are reportedly safe from the virus
A Beijing-based veterinarian who was confirmed as China’s first human infection case with Monkey B virus (BV) has died, amid rising concerns.

Meanwhile, a person infected with the monkeypox virus has been detected in Texas, US.

Chinese vet dies of deadly Monkey B virus in the lab

 

Chinese authorities have confirmed their first human death from the horrific monkey B virus.

 

The virus is a form of herpes which normally only occurs in primates but can cause nausea, vomiting, fever, headache, fatigue, muscle pains, and blistering in humans.

 

The Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) said the 53-year-old vet died in May after dissecting two dead primates, believed to be macaques, as part of his experimental research.

 

The man reportedly experienced symptoms of the virus after working on the animals and eventually died in hospital.

 

The CCDC warned anyone working on primates they could be potentially harmed by the infection, which rarely jumps from monkeys to humans, according to RT.

 

The virus is causing concern among the scientific community.

 

 

According to the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) it is “extremely rare” for humans to be infected with the virus, which it says can cause “severe brain damage or death if you do not get treatment immediately”.

 

Global Times citing the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the 53-year-old vet showed early-onset symptoms of nausea and vomiting a month after he dissected two dead monkeys in early March. The vet sought treatment in several hospitals and eventually died on May 27, said the journal.

Meanwhile, his family members are reportedly safe from the virus.

The vet used to works for an institution researching on non-human primates.

Global Times stated, there were no fatal or even clinically evident BV infections in China before, thus the vet’s case marks the first human infection case with BV identified in China.

Several cases of rare or largely unknown diseases have caused alarm in recent months, including the news a Texas resident returning from Nigeria was hospitalized with monkeypox, which has a 1% chance of being fatal.