‘Monkey B’ Virus Caused One Death in China

‘Monkey B’ Virus Caused One Death in China

The ’Monkey B’ virus (BV) is a rare infection, and the macaque monkeys are known to be carriers of it. However, sources state that there has been a first case identified in China. The man died because his body was too weak to deal with such a virus and the Chinese officials have released a statement. 

What do researchers know about this rare infection?

Chinese scientists from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention describe the virus and state that this is the first case registered in China. The person who dies was a 53 years old man, and he worked in a research institute for breeding and experimental research on nonhuman primates. Apparently, the man was at the research institute in Beijing, and he was dissecting dead monkeys. After that, he experienced nausea, vomiting episodes, and other neurological symptoms and fever one month later. After analyzing the dead person’s cerebrospinal fluid, the BV virus has been identified, and this is not the first case in the world. As the statement goes on, researchers mention other cases on personal working at laboratory research institutes in North America. The first cases were recorded back in 1932. 

The infection did not spread

The statement also mentions that other close contacts were tested for the BV virus and the results were negative. The BV virus can be deadly when humans contract it because it attacks the nervous system and causes brain inflammation. This kind of neurological damage makes the infected person lose consciousness. If the BV virus is not identified on time, doctors cannot offer the proper treatment, and sources state that humans’ death rate is 80%. Those who got infected with this rare, but potentially deadly BV virus, have been people working in close contact with primates, such as veterinarians, scientists and researchers. 

Katherine Baldwin

Katherine is just getting her start as a journalist. She attended a technical school while still in high school where she learned a variety of skills, from photography to nutrition. Her enthusiasm for both natural and human sciences is real so she particularly enjoys covering topics on medicine and the environment.

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