The First Case Of Monkey Virus Is China Succumbs To Death

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The first patient found in China suffering from the Monkey B virus reported the death.

As the world tries to struggle against the corona pandemic, the odd seems to be working against it.

A new problem emerges now and then, whether it’s the variants of coronavirus or the after-effects of the virus.

The list doesn’t stop until the virus’s issues but has extended to new cases of flu and virus emerging.

And there seems to be a new addition to the list – Moneky B virus (BV).

The first case of the monkey virus reported in China died two months ago, and it was recently informed to world media.

Since then, people are confused and afraid if this could mean the start of one more pandemic when the world has not yet recovered from covid-19.

China found the first case of the Monkey virus in a 53-year-old Beijing based veterinarian in early March of this year.

The infected used to work for an institute researching non-human primates.

The person seems to have contracted the disease when he dissected two dead monkeys for the research purpose.

One month after, the first symptoms start showing up as he suffered from nausea and vomiting.

In mid-April, for new generation sequences and studies, his cerebral spinal fluid was collected where the reading suggested the possibility of alphaherpesvirus infection.

Along with the spinal fluid, to identify the etiological agent, the researchers took blister fluid, plasma, blood, nasal and throat swabs.

The researchers then sent the samples to the National Institute for Viral Disease Control and Prevention (IVDC) of the China Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.

IVDC ran the model through four sets of RT-PCR to detect if the sample contained Monkey B virus, monkeypox virus, ortho pox virus or varicella-zoster virus.

The test results showed that the virus was only positive for BV.

The infected man tried all sorts of treatment in many hospitals to cure the B virus but could not.

He finally succumbed to the infection on May 27, according to the reports by the Chinese CDC.

Later, the healthcare workers checked all contacts of the infected person to check for any more transmission of the virus for the virus.

After finding the first human infection case of BV, the China CDC suggested that the virus may threaten primate veterinarians, animal caretakers, and laboratory researchers as they keep in contact with the monkey, the virus carrier.

What is all you need to know about Monkey B Virus?

Monkey B virus (BV) is caused by macaques, a genus of a group of Old World Monkeys of the Cercopithecinal subfamily.

The early symptoms of the virus is that of cold sores, which cause tiny fluid-filled blisters on or around your lips.

If the person gets infected zoonotically, i.e., the infection caused by the jump of the virus from an animal to a human, they can suffer from severe encephalitis.

Encephalitis causes inflammation of the brain and is followed by different symptoms such as headache, reduced or altered consciousness, vomiting or stiff neck.

The virus can lead to permanent neurological damage or the death of the patient.

The virus is caused due to bites, scratches and exposures to mucous membranes, including the eyes of an infected macaque monkey.

The clinical tests advise prompt treatments for the patients essential to prevent any permanent neurological impairment.

Aciclovir is the only medicine found to be effective against the virus.

It only contains the virus’s progression and can become lifesavers for some patients, but it is only one-tenth effective against HSV1.

The total documented cases or the BV counts up to 50 since the identification of the virus in 1932.

Twenty-one patients have died due to the virus since then, and twenty patients were recorded to suffer from some degree of encephalitis.

The last case of the virus before the one detected in China was found in 2019. And the final death that occurred due to this virus was in 1997.

The virus transmits through touch or any exceptional fluid, but the study reports suggest that the virus is difficult to transfer from one human to other.

Still, if the person gets the virus, they may die eventually as the virus’s fatality rate is 70 – 80%.

As of now, no new cases are reported, and the results also found the patient’s contacts to be negative, which may suggest that this would probably not lead to another pandemic.

But one thing that the coronavirus pandemic has taught us is that we should derive any conclusions this soon.

Punita Sinha
Punita Sinha
Hi curious minds, my name is Punita Sinha. I'm pursuing an undergraduate degree in Economics Hons. from the University of Delhi (final year) with a minor in journalism. I consider myself an avid learner and observer. Writing has always been my passion whether it's prose, poetry or articles. And I think that to be the reason for my attraction towards journalism ever since my childhood. Journalism for me is something that can bring a big difference in society through words and as a writer, I believe in the power of words more than anything. So here I'm to use this opportunity and make a change by using this power.

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