Herpes B’s, pathogen is an enclosed herpesvirus around 160-180 nm (Nautical mile) in size.
It has double stranded linear DNA and molecular weight. It has many names such as Herpesvirus Simiae, Herpesvirus B and Monkey B virus. Monkeys are one carrier of it, hint why can be called the Monkey B virus. The majority of this virus comes from the adult macaque monkeys.
Some of the different species of macaque monkeys are rhesus, pig-tailed and cynomolgus. Herpes B is rarely found in humans, or in a human to human transmission but, surprisingly one case has documented. This study involves an outbreak, including four people in Florida. SymptomsSymptoms of herpes B are either mild or non existent in monkeys. But in humans it is quite different and affects more than it does in monkeys. Some symptoms seen in humans are fever, chills headaches continuing for more than 24 hours, flu-like aches, pains, and fatigue. Those are just common symptoms having those would look like any disease or virus.
Other symptoms that are not common a muscular incoordination, shortness of breath, localized neurological symptoms by the wound, vesicular skin lesions either by or the location of exposure. The time it takes for incubation is around 3 to 7 days. Except a corrupted human takes a little less than a month of exposure. Normal symptoms come first, when the first time you come in contact with the exposed area. The uncommon symptoms plus chance of death can take place, between a day and 3 weeks after symptom outbreak.
TransmissionThere are different ways it spreads, some ways are through a bite, or scratch from a macaque monkey or even a cage scratch. Other ways it spreads is through nervous tissue of an infected monkey, saliva, urine, and feces. The virus can also withstand for hours on the top of objects.
In a study of around 300 animal care workers, 166 claimed to have B virus from exposure of macaques. Although they claimed having the virus, none of them did.