Wild Monkeys With Killer Herpes Are Breeding Like Crazy in Florida

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Above: Rhesus macaque or Nazuri monkey (Macaca mulatta), Cercopithecidae. Photo credit: DeAgostini/Getty Images.

Wild Monkeys With Killer Herpes Are Breeding Like Crazy in Florida

By: Beth Mole
From: Ars Technica

A QUICK REMINDER: There’s a band of feral monkeys running wild in Central Florida that carries a type of herpes lethal to humans. The mischievous simians—who are not shy around people—can transmit deadly disease with just a scratch, nip, or fling of poo.

Last year, experts warned that the rhesus macaques are a public health threat. It now seems that the monkey business is likely to get worse, with a wildlife expert revealing that their population is set to double in the next few years.

“It’s going to be a problem… Continual growth of that population is going to occur without intervention,” Steve Johnson told Florida ABC-affiliate WFTV in a report published January 3. Johnson is a professor and wildlife expert at the University of Florida and part of a team of researchers that has followed the monkeys for years.

Early last year, Johnson and colleagues published a study estimating that about 25 percent of Florida’s population of free-wheeling monkeys carries the deadly virus, known as macacine herpesvirus 1 (McHV-1), herpes B, or monkey B virus. The study appeared in the February issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

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There are 5 comments:
Male 9,621
An introduced species? Kill 'em. No malice, be humane but kill 'em.

That's what you have to do with invasive species. It might be heart-breaking to put a .22 into that little face but needs must.
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Male 3,051
Just two little words,    OPEN SEASON!
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Male 287
o  great now who is Florida man going to have sex that is exotic  
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Male 2,468
tinfoilhatsociety i guess we have to be careful which monkey we spank
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Male 3,051
tinfoilhatsociety Here, hold my beer!
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