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Monkey B Virus: 5 Facts About New Deadly Virus

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging some countries globally, with the death toll on the high sides, Chinese authorities have confirmed that another virus identified as Monkey B virus has killed a veterinary surgeon in Beijing.

EveryEvery.ng gathered that the veterinarian, who dissected two dead monkeys in March 2021, battled nausea, vomiting, fever and other neurological symptoms before his death.

According to China Centre for Disease Control, the 53-year-old veterinarian visited several hospitals for treatment but eventually died a month after getting infected.

The cerebrospinal fluid gotten from the patient suggested a possible alphaherpesvirus infection. Meanwhile, all close contacts of the patient reportedly tested negative for the virus.

5 Things You Should Know About Monkey B Virus

1.Monkey B Virus, an alphaherpesvirus enzootic in macaques, was initially isolated in 1932.

2.According to the China Centre for Disease Control, the virus is generally transmitted via direct contact and exchange of bodily fluid secretions.

3. The fatality rate of the virus is around 70%–80%, though it is not evident in its natural macaque hosts.

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4.According to the US National Library of Medicine, the Monkey B virus has the potential of invading the central nervous system in humans.

5.The initial symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, fever, headache, fatigue, muscle pains, and blistering, usually develop around 1-3 weeks after exposure to the virus. Also, the virus can cause severe brain damage or death.

However, the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that it is uncommon for humans to be infected with the Monkey B virus.

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