Chinese vet dies of Monkey B virus.

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Chinese vet dies of Monkey B virus.

Monkey B virus, or herpes B virus, is common among macaques, but is extremely rare—and often fatal—when it spreads to humans. Humans tend to attack the central nervous system and cause inflammation in the brain, leading to unconsciousness, said Kentaro Iwata, an infectious disease expert at Kobe University in Tokyo. If untreated, there is a mortality rate of up to 80%.

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