A Beijing-based veterinarian, confirmed as China’s first human infection case with Monkey B Virus (BV), has died from the infection, said a Global Times report.
The man, 53-years old man, showed early symptoms of nausea and vomiting a month after he dissected two dead monkeys in early March.
According to China CDC weekly, he visited many hospitals due to his fever and neurological symptoms which followed his early symptoms later a month, but eventually died on May 27.
The Vet, a researcher for an institution that researched on non-human primates. Meanwhile, the vet’s family reported being safe against the virus.
Around mid-April, researchers collected cerebrospinal fluid from the patient for next-generation sequencing and the readings suggested possible alphaherpesvirus infection. They also collected several specimens including blister fluid, blood, nasal swab, throat swab, and plasma to further identify the etiological agent.
The samples were sent to the National Institute for Viral Disease Control and Prevention (IVDC) of China CDC and the result was tested positive for BV only
Meanwhile, a person infected with the monkeypox virus has been detected in Texas, US.
B virus infection is extremely rare in nature but can cause severe brain damage or death if the infected is not treated immediately. People typically get infected with the B virus if they are bitten or scratched by an infected macaque monkey, or have contact with the monkey’s eyes, nose, or mouth.