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China's first human infection case with Monkey B virus dies

Christian Fernsby |
A Beijing veterinarian who was confirmed as China's first human infection case with Monkey B virus (BV) has died, amid rising concerns, the official media reported.

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The 53-year-old male vet, who worked for an institution researching on non-human primates, showed early-onset symptoms of nausea and vomiting, a month after he dissected two dead monkeys in early March, the state-run Global Times reported on Saturday, citing English Platform of Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.

The vet had sought treatment in several hospitals, and eventually died on May 27, the report said. His close contacts are safe from it, for now, it added. It said that there were no fatal or even clinically evident BV infections in China before, thus the vet's case marks the first human infection case with BV identified in China.

Researchers had collected the cerebrospinal fluid of the veterinarian in April and identified him as positive for BV, yet samples of his close contacts suggested negative results for the virus.


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