Hong Kong has reported its first human case of B virus

Origin of B Virus: 

B virus (Cercopithecine herpesvirus 1) originated from macaque monkeys and can transmit to humans. 

First Human Infection:  

B– First Hong Kong patient with B virus, a 37-year-old man, in a critical condition in hospital.

Present Report of Infection:  

–Since the virus was discovered in 1932, about 50 human infections have been recorded, with 21 death

Spreading Rate of Infection:  

–Past studies show that the mortality rate for people with the viral infection can be as high as 70 to 80 per cent without timely treatment.

Symptoms:  

Initial symptoms of B virus infection mimic the flu but can progress to neurological issues if untreated. 

Transmission Routes:  

B virus can be transmitted through bites, scratches, or contact with infected monkey tissues or fluids. 

Prevention from B virus infection:  

Prevention includes wearing protective gear when working with monkeys and avoiding contact with wild macaques. 

Maximum Fine:   

Illegal feeding of wild animals including monkeys is subject to a maximum fine of HK$10,000 upon conviction under the Wild Animals Protection Ordinance. 

Research and Vaccines:    

Ongoing research aims to develop a vaccine against B virus, primarily targeting at-risk populations.