Contagious Herpes-Ridden Monkeys Take Over State Park

A state park in Florida has become overrun with monkeys over the past 80 years – and, experts warn they’re carrying a deadly form of herpes that could pass on to humans.”
The monkeys were initially brought to the region as a tourist attraction in the 1930s, but after escaping and expanding their territory, experts say their population is now growing by 11 percent each year, National Geographic reports.
A study on the population earlier this year found that rather than just carrying herpes B, which is common in the species, roughly a third of the monkeys have the virus in their saliva and other bodily fluids, posing a potential risk of spreading the disease.
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