A new epidemic to be wary of? In China, a man died after contracting a rare infectious disease from primates known as monkey herpes B. The information was released by Chinese health authorities on Saturday, July 17. There have been less than 100 human infections reported with herpes B since the first case of primate-to-human transmission in 1932, many in North America.
Her name? Monkey B. The victim? A 53-year-old Chinese veterinarian. This is the first documented human case of this virus. According to the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the man worked at a research institute specializing in breeding primates and dissected two monkeys who died in March. A month later, he had nausea, vomiting and fever a month later and died on May 27, details the Washington post. Two of his close contacts, a doctor and a nurse, have tested negative for the same virus.
“The consequence of cash jumps”
This virus herpes B, is widespread in macaque monkeys, but extremely rare – and often fatal – when it is spread to humans. This is because in humans it tends to attack the central nervous system and cause inflammation of the brain, leading to loss of consciousness, as explained by Kentaro Iwata, an infectious disease expert at the University of Kobe. in Japan, interviewed by the Washington Post. Without treatment, the death rate is around 80%.
Herpes B and the new coronavirus are “the result of species jumps,” said Nikolaus Osterrieder, dean of the Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences in Hong Kong. “But the important difference is that in the case of herpes B, it’s a dead end. It’s not jumping from one human to another. SARS-CoV-2, on the other hand, has acquired the ability to spread to a new hostAccording to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there has been only one documented case of an infected human transmitting the virus to another person.
Chinese health officials have said the discovery of the Monkey B virus in a human suggests it could “represent a zoonotic threat potential for workers, ”adding that there is a need“ to strengthen surveillance of lab and worker macaques. ”Dallas County health officials in Texas last week reported the case of an infected man. a rare case of monkeypox, which can also be transmitted when people are bitten or scratched by an animal.