A 53-year-old veterinarian from the city of Beijing died after being infected by the ‘virus del mono B’, a situation that has generated concern among the health authorities of China.
According to a Global Times report, months ago the veterinarian was confirmed as the world’s first case of the ‘virus del mono B’ and showed early symptoms of nausea and vomiting weeks after dissecting two dead monkeys in early March.
According to the China Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the veterinarian visited several hospitals weekly due to his fever and neurological symptoms that were subsequent to the first symptoms.
This is the first case of a human being infected with the virus, which raised concern as other humans working with primates could become infected.
In the same vein, the CCDC Weekly magazine detailed that there had been no human infections until before 2021, so veterinarians, laboratory and animal care personnel could be in danger.
Likewise, the weekly detailed that this first case should be the first step to strengthen surveillance in laboratory macaques.
For its part, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States established that a death from the infection of this virus is extremely rare, severe brain damage and death can occur without proper medical attention.
According to the scientific community, ‘virus del mono B’ It is contracted mainly through scratches, bites or scrapes that an infected monkey makes to the human and also by contact with the animal’s mouth, the virus can pass into the human stream if it touches the mouth, nose or eyes.
What are the symptoms?
The earliest symptoms range from fever, muscle pain, headache, and small blisters around the body or around the wound.
The average symptoms are nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, and shortness of breath.
Late symptoms range from neurological problems, muscle coordination problems, severe brain and nerve damage, and death.