Florida monkeys are excreting an infectious disease fatal to humans

Florida monkeys are excreting an infectious disease fatal to humans

Wildlife managers in Florida say they need to expel wandering monkeys from the state in light of another investigation distributed Wednesday that discovers a portion of the creatures are discharging an infection that can be risky to people.

Visitors to Florida's Silver Springs State Park should avoid monkeying around with the reserve's feral macaques; officials warn that the primates carry a strain of the herpes virus that can be fatal to humans.

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. She said the issue is one her team wants to continue to study on a genomic basis.

According to the CDC, only 50 people have contracted the disease since 1932 and there hasn't been a single case documented from wild macaques.

The analysts appraise that up to 30% of the scores of Florida's wild macaques might be now discharging the infection. Blood samples from 317 macaques revealed that 84 monkeys carried the virus and that the odds of a monkey being infected increased with age.

Members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded to the public health concern.

CC BY 2.0  Eden Janine and Jim  Monkey Ultimate Meme This Monkey Getting a Haircut Can Be
CC BY 2.0 Eden Janine and Jim Monkey Ultimate Meme This Monkey Getting a Haircut Can Be

As a effect, the state's Fish and Wildlife Commission plans to rid the park of the roaming wild primates, which are native to South and Central Asia.

The CDC said there is always concern about the threat that diseases like herpes B virus pose to people, especially in settings where there is frequent interaction between animals and humans where scratches or bites can occur.

Spokeswoman Carli Segelson told the Associated Press that the commission supports the removal of the primates to reduce any posed threat. They have been spotted in trees in the Sarasota and Tallahassee areas. As it can arise, it could bring about acute brain injury or death if the patient isn't dealt with right away, the CDC mentioned. A rhesus monkey on the loose in Pinellas County for more than two years was caught in October 2012.

But there was human error in that plan. There are about 175 of the monkeys in the Silver Springs State Park, but the population has spread elsewhere in Florida.

"They didn't know monkeys could swim", O'Lenick said.

While there are no official statistics on monkey attacks on humans in the park, a state-sponsored study in the 1990s found 31 monkey-human incidents, with 23 resulting in human injury between 1977 and 1984.

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