Florida monkeys can be a cause of herpes for you

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2018

Wildlife officials say they want to remove the monkeys throughout the state that carry the potentially deadly Herpes B virus.

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.

Of the 50 cases of herpes B in humans documented worldwide, the people were infected by bites and scratches from monkeys in captivity that were carrying the disease. Be that as it may, the specialists, who distributed their discoveries in the CDC diary Emerging Infectious Diseases, say the issue has not been completely considered. Since 1932, 50 individuals have contracted it and 21 of these cases have been fatal, according to the CDC.

The analysts appraise that up to 30% of the scores of Florida's wild macaques might be now discharging the infection.

Wild Monkeys are spreading Herpes to people as found in a recent study on Monkeys.

But the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission urges people that come in contact with them to keep a safe distance.

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.

The rhesus macaques are an invasive species native to Southeast Asia. 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. They have been spotted in trees in the Sarasota and Tallahassee areas. The monkeys also have roamed far outside the park: Dozens were photographed recently swarming a deer feeder outside a home in Ocala. Blood tests showed the monkey carried herpes B. However, a woman who had been bitten by the monkey tested negative for the virus. At this point, population control may be more realistic than eradicating the monkeys.

Previous studies of the Silver Springs Park rhesus populations had identified herpes B in the animals, according to a study published in May 2016 by the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS).

"They didn't know monkeys could swim", O'Lenick said. A rhesus monkey on the loose in Pinellas County for more than two years was caught in October 2012. The paper recommends that Florida wildlife managers consider the virus in future policy decisions.

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