- The veterinarian has become the first person in China to contract and die of the virus.
What were the symptoms of the Monkey B virus?
Per Fox News, the veterinarian suffered from severe nausea and a fever for two months.
- These symptoms occurred after he dissected two monkeys for research, The Washington Post reports. Researchers collected blood and saliva samples from the veterinarian, where the Monkey B virus was discovered.
Officials contacted two close contacts of the veterinarian — a male doctor and a female nurse — to test them for the virus. They both tested negative, according to The Washington Post.
What is the Monkey B virus?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the virus — also known as the B virus, the herpes B virus — is an extremely rare disease that “lead to severe brain damage or death if you do not get treatment immediately.”
- “People typically get infected with B virus if they are bitten or scratched by an infected macaque monkey, or have contact with the monkey’s eyes, nose, or mouth. Only one case has been documented of an infected person spreading B virus to another person,” according to the CDC.