.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Macaques, a genus of Old World monkeys are the natural hosts for the virus. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/PTI)

  • China reported its first death from the Monkey B Virus (BV) - a Beijing-based veterinary surgeon 
  • It is also referred to as herpes B, monkey B virus, herpesvirus simiae and herpesvirus B
  • So far, there have been no reports of human-to-human transmission

.Beijing, China
China has now reported its first death by Monkey B virus infection. (Photo credit: PTI file)

  • The person infected was a Beijing-based veterinary surgeon
  • He dissected two dead monkeys in early March
  • The virus is transmitted by a bite or scratch of an infected macaque monkey