Florida monkeys excreting rare disease that can kill humans

Florida monkeys excreting rare disease that can kill humans

It indicates that they should be removed from the wildlife as they are excreting a virus that is contagious to the human beings.

This creates them a public wellness hazard, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigators concluded within the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.Herpes B is relatively common and asymptomatic, among macaques along with different critters.

The issue has actually not yet been fully studied. The researchers behind the study are warning Florida's wildlife agency to treat the monkeys as a serious health concern.

Eason could not augment on what particular organizational strategies the state may appoint but a spokeswoman said that the enterprise assists purifying the state of the fast growing creatures.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission didn't go into details on plans. All infected people were infected by contact with monkeys in labs.

Monkeys have also been spotted in Apopka, Fruitland Park and even in Pasco County. However, 21 one of the infected people died from the disease.


But in humans, infection with herpes B can lead to severe brain damage or death, with 70 percent of untreated patients killed by complications from infection. Instead, the monkeys also carry the virus in the saliva and other bodily fluids, which may spread the disease to humans. Biologist David Civitello of Emory University told the AP that more research needs to be conducted, particularly to find out how much of the virus is present in the monkeys' excrement.

Wiley said the researchers are interested in seeing the virulency of the pathogens. They had contracted it through monkey bites and scratches, according to the CDC. "Monkey, monkey, monkey!" he cried. A rhesus monkey on the loose in Pinellas County for more than two years was caught in October 2012.

Minutes later another troop was running along the opposite riverbank.

The rhesus macaques are an invasive species native to Southeast Asia. Macaques have released to the Sunshine State's Silver Springs State Park as a tourist attraction almost 100 decades back. While there are no official statistics on monkeys attacking humans in the park, a state-sponsored study conducted in the 1990s found that there were at least 31 incidents reported resulting in human injury between 1977 and 1984. In response to this public health threat, Florida state wildlife managers are proposing the removal of the macaques from their adopted habitats.

"We don't have any silver bullet; that's the nature of science", Wisely said.

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