Florida monkeys are excreting an infectious disease fatal to humans

Florida monkeys can be a cause of herpes for you

- 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.

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.

The scientists also discovered that as many as 14 percent of the monkeys shed DNA from the virus in their saliva, presenting a risk of virus transmission to humans, the researchers reported in a new study, which was published online in the February 2018 issue of the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

State wildlife officials reiterated that they have their prime concern over this issue.

As a effect, the state's Fish and Wildlife Commission plans to rid the park of the roaming wild primates, which are native to South and Central Asia.

Eason could not augment on what particular organizational strategies the state may appoint but a spokeswoman said that the enterprise assists purifying the state of the fast growing creatures.

"The commission supports the removal of these monkeys from the environment to help reduce the threat they pose".


Macaques were introduced to the Sunshine State's Silver Springs State Park as a tourist attraction nearly 100 years ago.

Human instances of the infection have been uncommon, with around 50 archived around the world, and there have been no known transmissions of it to individuals from wild rhesus macaques in Florida, reports the AP. "This can be done in a variety of ways", another spokesperson for the commission said. They like to roam outside parks and have even been spotted in cities. It is unknown how much of the virus is in the saliva and bodily fluids of the Florida monkeys, and if the virus can indeed be transferred to humans through contact. At this point, population control may be more realistic than eradicating the monkeys.

"It is interesting to see oral shedding at all", Civitello said in an email after reviewing the paper. Humans feeding the monkeys is a common activity along the Silver River.

More than two dozen monkeys eventually appeared in trees on the riverbank.

Herpes B was first identified in 1932 following the death of a young physician who was bitten by a monkey while researching the virus that causes poliomyelitis. They draw people to the state's parks and have become notorious for their interactions with humans. The virus could pose a serious threat to public health and safety, the CDC said.

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

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