20 July 2021

China reports first human death from rare Monkey B virus.

China has reported the first human infection and death in the country caused by a rare infectious disease found in primates known as the Monkey B virus. 

The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said a 53-year-old veterinary surgeon who worked in a research institute specializing in nonhuman primate breeding in Beijing dissected two monkeys in March and became ill about a month later. 

He began experiencing nausea, vomiting, fever and neurological issues, and died in May. 

Blood and saliva samples were tested and researchers in April found evidence of the Monkey B virus, also known as the herpes B virus. 

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