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Monkey Virus Death Recorded in China

The infected veterinarian’s case was the first human BV infection identified in China.

In China, the first human death from the monkey virus was recorded. It is reported by Global Times.

“A 53-year-old male veterinarian working at a non-human primate research institution showed the first symptoms of nausea and vomiting a month after he dissected two dead monkeys in early March,” the report said.

The veterinarian went to the hospital for help and eventually died on May 27, the magazine said. There have been no fatal or even clinically obvious BV infections in China before, so the veterinarian’s case was the first human BV case identified in China.

In April, researchers collected cerebrospinal fluid from a veterinarian and determined that he was positive for BV, but samples from his close friends tested negative for the virus.

The virus, originally isolated in 1932, is an alpha herpes enzootic in macaques of the genus Macaca. It can be transmitted by direct contact and exchange of bodily secretions, and has a mortality rate of 70 to 80 percent.

It was previously reported that deadly virus detected pneumonia, which is spread from monkeys to humans.

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