Florida monkeys can be a cause of herpes for you

Saturday, 13 Jan, 2018

Human visitors to the park are most likely to be exposed to the disease, and any contact with the monkeys' saliva, urine, or feces could lead to contraction.

No one keeps a thorough record of encounters between the monkeys and humans at Silver Springs State Park, said Samantha Wiley, a University of Florida researcher who is a co-author of the study.

Feral rhesus macaque monkeys at a Florida state park carry a herpes virus that could be risky, possibly deadly, to humans, according to a new study.

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

As a result, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission has said it plans to remove the monkeys, which are native to South and Central Asia, from the park.

Spokeswoman Carli Segelson told the Associated Press that the commission supports the removal of the primates to reduce any posed threat.

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).

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Herpes B is relatively common - and asymptomatic - among macaques and other animals.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission did not expand on what particular administration strategies the state may utilize, however a rep said the commission underpins freeing the condition of the obtrusive animals. They like to roam outside parks and have even been spotted in cities.

The CDC said there is always concern about the threat that diseases like herpes B virus pose to people, especially in settings where there is frequent interaction between animals and humans where scratches or bites can occur.

Now, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that about 25 percent of the monkeys carry macacine herpesvirus 1 (McHV-1), which causes only mild symptoms, if any, in monkeys but can be deadly in people. As it can arise, it could bring about acute brain injury or death if the patient isn't dealt with right away, the CDC mentioned.

Wiley said the researchers are interested in seeing the virulency of the pathogens. On a chilly day in November, Capt. Tom O'Lenick, who has navigated the Silver River for 35 years, hollered from his charter boat into the dense surrounding forest. A study released Wednesday (10 January) claims that their body fluids, including saliva and faeces, contain a deadly virus that is unsafe to man, reports the AP.

More than two dozen monkeys eventually appeared in trees on the riverbank. The paper recommends that Florida wildlife managers consider the virus in future policy decisions.