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. Being a result, the nation's Fish and Wildlife Commission plans to rid the playground of this roaming wild primates, that might be indigenous to South and Central Asia. There are about 175 of the monkeys in the Silver Springs State Park, but the population has spread elsewhere in Florida.
Now nearly 30 percent of these reptiles drifting the park are excreting the herpes B virus during saliva and other body fluids.
Scientists studying the monkeys found that some of the animals excrete herpes through saliva and other body fluids, which poses a risk to humans.
Nonetheless, it's rather rare and possibly lethal in people.
The report cites that worldwide, of the 50 that were bitten or scratched by one of these herpes-infected monkeys, 21 of them died from the virus.
But in humans, infection with herpes B can lead to severe brain damage or death, with 70 percent of untreated patients killed by complications from infection.
The herpes B virus carried by the monkeys has been classified as "a low risk by high outcome pathogen", a public health term. The report about the same also consists that there is a need to remove these monkey from the reach of people, which can be a hard task to do.
As a outcome, 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.
While Florida's officials determine their course of action, people in Florida are advised to steer clear from the monkeys when they see them to completely avoid the chance of being infected with the herpes B virus. Still, he said, while the research confirms the presence of the virus in the monkeys' bodily secretions, more work needs to be done to establish how much virus there is, and how easily transferable it is. They are also excellent reproducers, and so soon enough there were a lot more monkeys roaming the region. 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.
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.
More than two dozen monkeys eventually appeared in trees on the riverbank.