BEIJING: The monkey B virus, which killed one person in China, has not been linked to human-to-human transmission.
Last March, a Chinese veterinarian was hospitalized for ailments including fever and muscle aches and died two months later without treatment. The results of a study of his saliva, mucus and blood samples revealed that he had died of the monkey B virus. Medical experts say the virus can be spread by biting or scratching a monkey.
The virus is found in the saliva, feces, and urine of monkeys. Infected monkeys also become infected and die. It does not spread easily to humans. Veterinarians who treat animals, including laboratory staff, are at risk. It is also unlikely to spread from person to person. Only 50 people have been infected since the virus was first discovered in 1932. Only 21 of them died.
Monkey B virus, like corona, can cause symptoms such as fever, headache, and muscle aches. Wounds can cause small blisters. Symptoms include abdominal pain, difficulty breathing, and diarrhea. Increased exposure to the virus can lead to inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. Fatalities include muscle cramps, neurological disorders, and cerebral palsy.
Immediately after a monkey bite, wash the affected area with soap or iodine solution. After pouring water for 20 minutes, consult a doctor and seek appropriate treatment. Thus they said.