As the world grapples with the devastating Covid-19 pandemic, a new viral infection has been reported in China. The Monkey B Virus (BV) claimed its first victim in the country after a veterinary surgeon contacted the virus while dissecting two animals.
The case, first reported in March of this year, was revealed in the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) briefing last week. The surgeon died in May after visiting several hospitals. According to reports, analysis of the cerebrospinal fluid from the patient indicated alphaherpesvirus infection.
Blister fluid, blood, nasal swab, throat swab, and plasma were also collected from the patient for further sequencing. The samples were sent to the National Institute for Viral Disease Control and Prevention (IVDC) of China CDC, where it was identified as that of Monkey BV.