Monkeys Killed in Brazil Over Monkeypox Fears

World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson Margaret Harris expressed concern on Tuesday about the killing of monkeys in Brazil over fears of monkeypox contagion.  

“What people need to know is that the transmission we are seeing is happening between humans,” Harris said

Harris added that while monkeypox can spread from animals to humans, the recent outbreak is between humans only. 

“People certainly should not attack the animals,” Harris said. 

On Sunday, Brazilian local media reported several attacks on monkeys — including an incident where ten monkeys were poisoned at a nature reserve in Sao Paulo state — as fears of the spread of monkeypox grow. 

According to Harris, contagion takes place from animals to humans, but the recent outbreak is related to human-only contact.  

Earlier, WHO recorded 1,700 cases of monkeypox in Brazil. 

In May, 90 countries reported more than 29,000 cases of monkeypox, and WHO classified the outbreak as an international emergency in July. 

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