Monkeys in Brazil attacked amid growing fear of monkeypox and epidemics – National


The World Health Organization (WHO) expressed sadness on Tuesday for the killing of monkeys in Brazil amid fears of monkeypox contagion.

Brazilian news site G1 reported on Sunday that 10 monkeys had been poisoned in less than a week in the city of Sao Jose do Rio Preto, Sao Paulo state. Similar incidents have been reported in other cities.

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“People need to know that the transmission we’re seeing now is between humans,” WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told a news conference in Geneva.

Brazil has more than 1,700 cases of monkeypox, according to the WHO.

The country’s health ministry confirmed one death related to the disease on July 29. The victim was a man who had low immunity and comorbidities.

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Contagion can take place from animals to humans, but the recent outbreak is linked only to human contact, according to Harris.

“People definitely shouldn’t attack animals,” she said.

Brazil also has a long record of monkey attacks during yellow fever outbreaks.

Since May, nearly 90 countries have reported more than 29,000 cases of monkeypox. The WHO classified the outbreak of the once-rare disease as an international emergency in July.

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