Monkeys in Florida Carrying Herpes Virus Experts The population of rhesus carpenter living in Silver Spring State Park in central…
A growing wildlife population in central Florida has experts on the edge, as these primates are the carrier of the dangerous Herpes B virus that can cause serious brain injuries and even death in humans.
The oranges of the rhesus makers in Silver Spring State Park, located in the central part of the Sunshine State, were likely to almost double in 2022, researchers recently wrote in the Wildlife Management magazine. Currently, the population is about 300, reported National Geographic.
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The monkeys ̵
1; native to southern and southeastern Asia – have been living in the state park since the late 1930s when six rhesusmakar monkeys are released by a boat operator hoping to use the monkeys to start an exotic attraction, according to the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
At least 30 percent of the primates in the park are the Herpes B virus carrier, National Geographic reported and cited the message on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this year. While unusual in humans, those who are infected with the virus may suffer from “severe brain injury or death if the patient is not treated immediately after exposure”, according to CDC.
The infection can spread from monkey to human through “transfer of bodily fluids, which is possible through bites and scratches or other contact with body fluids,” said the university online.
There have been at least 50 documented incidents for people who have contraindicated herpes B virus after being bitten or repatriated by an infected rhesus macaques monkey in a lab. Nearly half of these cases resulted in deaths, while others “were affected by permanent neurological damage.” According to the University.
While “the risk of transmission of Herpes B from macaques to humans is uncertain “and” there has never been a confirmed report of a human contract herpes herpes b from a macaque in the wild “so far, according to the University of Florida, experts warned in the survey that the growing population could lay parkers at an increased risk if the population remains uncontrolled. 19659007] Previously, government officials have tried t to control the apnea’s society, especially after the population reached approximately 400 in the 1980s. At that time, stairs were allowed to catch the monkeys. Many female rhesus smokers were sterilized while others were sold to biomedical research facilities – an exercise that “generated a major general controversy and has since stopped”, says the university.
Jane Anderson, a wildlife ecologist and associate professor of research at Texas A & M University-Kingsville, told National Geographic that the population could be better controlled – reduced to a “third of its current size” – about only half of female rhesusmakar in the area was again sterilized.
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“These monkeys have been here 80 years and they chose not to come here , so I do not think it’s fair for us to get rid of them because we do not like them anymore. “Debbie Walters, a guide to Captain Tom’s custom charter, told National Geographic.
“Many other animals cause disease, and we do not kill them,” she added.