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Attacks on Monkeys Increasing Over Fears of Spread of Monkeypox in Brazil

Updated: Aug 11


In less than a week or so, 10 monkeys were given poison in Sao Jose do Rio Preto city in southeastern Sao Paulo state over the fear of the spread of Monkeypox.


After seeing such reports in Brazilian media, the WHO decried increasing attacks on monkeys over concerns about the spread of Monkeypox in Brazil.


According to Ms. Margraret Harris of WHO, while the disease can spread from animals to humans, the recent outbreak is between humans only, and people certainly do not attack animals.


Monkeypox, caused by the monkeypox virus, is transmitted from one person to another through droplets, contaminated objects, and close contact with an infected person.

According to WHO sources in Brazil more than 1700 cases of Monkeypox have been identified so far. Around 29000 cases of Monkeypox have been reported in 90 countries around the world—the WHO classified the outbreak of the once-rare disease as a global health emergency.