Monday, June 06, 2005

Hong Kong warns 'stop touching your monkey'

Hong Kong on Monday warned people not to approach or feed wild monkeys after Taiwan reported that some of the animals tested positive for a virus deadly to humans.

The strain -- CHV-1, also known as Monkey B virus -- is common and harmless to monkeys, but with humans it can cause acute encephalitis, which is often fatal.

The virus -- usually contracted by lab workers --is transmitted by monkey bites, scratches or contact with fluids and tissue.

Health officials in Taiwan's second-biggest city, Kaohsiung, have recently reported that wild monkeys have tested positive for the virus

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