Florida wants to remove virus-excreting wild monkeys

If you see a monkey in Florida, don’t touch it. It seems like pretty basic advice, especially now that scientists have found that more than a quarter of these adorable, feral invaders carry the deadly herpes B virus. Though at least 25 percent of the population carries the virus — which causes mild disease in macaques, but can be deadly to humans — fewer were actually infectious. The virus lies dormant in nerves in between flare-ups, similar to cold sores in humans. Between 4 and 14 percent of the monkeys released the virus in their spit during their fall breeding season, researchers report in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. And the wild monkeys’ poop turned out to be pristine — at least, as far as herpes B was concerned. “The... Continue reading…

Florida wants to remove virus-excreting wild monkeys

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 ...

Wed 10 Jan 18 from Medical Xpress

Monkeys in Florida have deadly herpes, so please don’t touch them

If you see a monkey in Florida, don’t touch it. It seems like pretty basic advice, especially now that scientists have found that more than a quarter of these adorable, feral invaders ...

Thu 11 Jan 18 from The Verge

Florida man’s latest worry: Killer herpes from wild monkeys

Introduced to amuse tourists, the monkeys pose a public health risk, scientists warn.

Thu 11 Jan 18 from Ars Technica

Don't Touch the Monkeys! Florida Macaques Carry Virus Lethal to Humans

Macaques in Florida's Silver Springs State Park carry a strain of herpes that can be deadly to humans.

Thu 11 Jan 18 from Livescience

Florida wants to remove virus-excreting wild monkeys

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

Wed 10 Jan 18 from Daily Mail

Florida is trying to get rid of dangerous, virus-excreting wild monkeys

ON THE SILVER RIVER, Fla. (AP) — 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 ...

Wed 10 Jan 18 from FOXNews

Florida monkeys are excreting an infectious disease fatal to humans

Non-native rhesus macaques in Florida's Silver Springs State Park have tested positive for herpes B, a potentially fatal disease that is spread through bodily fluids and may be transmissible ...

Thu 11 Jan 18 from Inhabitat

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