Florida monkeys can be a cause of herpes for you

Florida monkeys can be a cause of herpes for you

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

Numerous rhesus macaque monkeys at a Florida state park carry a unsafe herpes virus that could potentially spread to humans through their excrement, according to a new study.

Herpes B in humans in rare: only 50 cases have been registered worldwide and transmissions of the virus have never knowingly happened in the wild. However, the researchers say the issue has not been thoroughly studied. Human cases of herpes B are actually rare, with no recorded transmissions from wild rhesus macaques to people.

"When it occurs, it can bring about serious mind harm or demise if the patient isn't dealt with quickly", a CDC rep says in an announcement.

But the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission urges people that come in contact with them to keep a safe distance. While scientists work to uncover whether the virus is transmissible to humans, policymakers are making plans to control the invasive species.

The presence of the virus in the monkeys' feces and saliva presents issues for park workers and visitors, who could be endangered if bitten or scratched.

Thomas Eason, assistant executive director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said in a statement that without the organization the specter of sustainable and extended enlargement of non-resident rhesus macaques in Florida can lead to consequential human health and safety probability involving human damage or transferal of disease.

She says even though the rhesus macaque monkeys can look friendly and be playful at times, they can be deadly from just one simple bite or scratch.

Spokeswoman Carli Segelson told the Associated Press that the commission supports the removal of the primates to reduce any posed threat.

The creatures draw nature lovers. 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.

Rhesus macaques were first introduced to the Florida park in the 1930s in an effort to increase tourism.

Samantha Wisely, a University of Florida disease ecologist and one of the study's authors, said whether the monkeys pose a significant public health threat is still unknown. There are about 175 of the monkeys in the Silver Springs State Park, but the population has spread elsewhere in Florida. The paper recommends that Florida wildlife managers consider the virus in future policy decisions.

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