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Man Dies Of Rare Monkey-B virus That Jumped To Humans – Symptoms To Look Out For

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Man Dies Of Rare Monkey-B virus That Jumped To Humans – Symptoms To Look Out For

 

A man in China has become only the 22nd human in the world to die from catching Monkey-B virus.

The 53-year-old man, who worked as a vet, contracted the rare virus while dissecting two dead monkeys in early March.

He started showing symptoms of nausea and vomiting a month later, followed by fever with “neurological symptoms” which may include tingling, according to The Sun.

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He was sick for weeks with the disease before dying in May.

Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said: “As a result, the patient visited doctor[s] in several hospitals but eventually died on May 27th.”

The man had worked “in an institute specialised in non-human primate breeding and experimental research in Beijing”.

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The Monkey-B virus, also known as herpes B virus, is transmitted through direct contact and exchange of bodily fluids between monkeys.

It’s harmless to primates but kills between 70 and 80 per cent of humans infected.

 

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