Stop killing monkeys for fear of monkey pox virus


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The World Health Organization has expressed concern over the killing of monkeys in Brazil. That happens because of fear of monkey fever.

Ten monkeys have been poisoned in less than a week in the city of São José do Rio Preto, a news website reported. G1. Five animals did not survive. Similar reports are coming from other places. More than 1,700 monkeys have been infected with the flu in Brazil.

“People need to be aware that this virus is currently spreading between people,” said a World Health Organization spokesperson. It is possible for animals to infect humans, but the latest outbreak is the result of human contact, he says. “One should certainly not attack those animals,” the spokesperson said.


Since May, more than 29,000 cases of monkeypox have been identified in nearly 90 countries. The World Health Organization named the outbreak late last month International emergency.

The virus was first identified in humans in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1970. Symptoms include fever, headache and swollen lymph nodes in the first few days, followed by spots and then blisters on the skin. The disease is rarely fatal in countries with good health care.

In Amsterdam and The Hague, from the end of July, Vaccinated Against the virus. About 32,000 people can be vaccinated. This includes people living with HIV and those registered as using the HIV prevention pill PrEP.

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