13 Feb '12, 4am

Herpes-Positive Monkeys Run Wild in Florida

Last week, Federal Wildlife officials articulated the threats faced by Everglades wildlife from invasive pythons , but there's another non-native species nearby which may pose an even greater problem to humans. For the last 80 years, a hardy population of rhesus monkeys has been living in the wild of central Florida, where they've long been considered an attraction among tourists. But according to park agents, the unwelcome monkeys present "a true public hazard" -- namely because many of them are carrying a form of simian herpes which can be deadly to humans. Although rhesus monkeys are a relatively recent addition to the forests of Florida, just how they were allowed to proliferate to such a degree in the wild remains something of a mystery. Tradition has it that the monkeys, native to South Asia, descend from a group that was loosed on the set of a Tarzan movie, though m...

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