State officials want to remove its herpes-excreting wild monkeys

State officials want to remove its herpes-excreting wild monkeys

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.

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.

"Additionally, macaques can negatively impact Florida native wildlife and pose potential risks to agriculture and recreation".

Feral rhesus macaque monkeys in a Florida state park carry a herpes simplex virus which may be harmful to humans, as per a different study.

- Wildlife managers in Florida say they want to remove roaming monkeys from the state in light of a new study published Wednesday that finds some of the animals are excreting a virus that can be unsafe to humans.

Wiley also said there has yet to be a documented case of herpes B in humans from a wild monkey encounter anywhere in the world. They like to roam outside parks and have even been spotted in cities.

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.

To date, only 50 cases of herpes B have been documented in humans in the USA since the disease was first identified in 1932, and numerous infections resulted from animal scratches or bites, according to the CDC.

Wiley said the researchers are interested in seeing the virulency of the pathogens. Blood tests showed the monkey carried herpes B. However, a woman who had been bitten by the monkey tested negative for the virus.

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

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

There are more than 200 rhesus macaque monkeys throughout Silver Springs State Park in Marion County since there first arrival to the area since the mid 1930's for a movie shoot. The researchers behind the study are warning Florida's wildlife agency to treat the monkeys as a serious health concern.

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.

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

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