Hong Kong resident becomes infected with simian herpes virus for the first time

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The first case of human infection with simian herpes virus (virus B) has been recorded in Hong Kong. About this on Wednesday, April 3, reported Hong Kong Government News Network, citing data from the Ministry of Health’s Health Protection Centre.

It is noted that we are talking about a 37-year-old man who was attacked by a wild monkey in Jinshan Country Park at the end of February. The patient is in the intensive care unit of one of the city’s hospitals in critical condition.

A sample of his cerebrospinal fluid was tested in the laboratory and tested positive for the B virus.

According to the Hong Kong Health Centre, the disease can cause flu-like symptoms in humans. The disease can also affect the central nervous system, but transmission of the virus from person to person is very rare. Residents of the city are advised to stay away from wild monkeys, wash their wounds with running water and immediately seek medical help.

Cases of simian herpes virus infection have previously been reported in other countries, including the USA, Japan and Canada.

Earlier, the first human death from Alaskapox virus (AKPV) was recorded in Alaska. The victim of the disease was an elderly man who could have become infected from his cat.

Source: Ren TV


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