Florida monkeys could pass killer herpes to people

Florida monkeys could pass killer herpes to people

While herpes B is relatively common - and asymptomatic - among macaques and other animals, it's exceedingly rare - and severe - in humans. She said the issue is one her team wants to continue to study on a genomic basis. That makes them a public health threat, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers concluded in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

While occurrences in the wild have not been reported so far, officials are taking the problem seriously and are considering ridding the state of the species for good to keep the virus from spreading.

As a result, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission has said it plans to remove the monkeys, which are native to South and Central Asia, from the park. But members of the group "supports the removal of these monkeys from the environment to help reduce the threat they pose", they told the Associated Press.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission did not expand on what particular administration strategies the state may utilize, however a rep said the commission underpins freeing the condition of the obtrusive animals.

"Additionally, macaques can negatively impact Florida native wildlife and pose potential risks to agriculture and recreation". All infected people were infected by contact with monkeys in labs. They have been spotted in trees in the Ocala, Sarasota and Tallahassee areas, The Guardian reports.

The findings suggest a public health concern, said David Civitello, an Emory University biology professor who was not involved in the study.

The monkey population is growing steadily and one UF researcher says it's better to be safe than sorry.

"It is interesting to see oral shedding at all", Civitello said in the story. They had contracted it through monkey bites and scratches, according to the CDC. "Human visitors to the park are most likely to be exposed", wrote the study's authors, "through contact with saliva from macaque bites and scratches or from contact with virus shed through urine and feces".

The creatures draw nature lovers. "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.

About 175 free-roaming rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) inhabit the park, descended from a population of around a dozen animals that were released in the 1930s to promote local tourism. Macaques have released to the Sunshine State's Silver Springs State Park as a tourist attraction almost 100 decades back.

State officials would not go into detail about their plan for removing the monkeys going forward.

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