Monday, July 12, 2010

Lab Monkey Deaths Blamed On Unknown Infection

An unknown pathogen was probably responsible for the sudden deaths of 44 Japanese monkeys that have died in captivity since 2001, according to research by the Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University.

Located in Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture, the institute announced Thursday that only Japanese monkeys had developed symptoms from the pathogen and it would not affect people.

According to the institute, the monkeys died after becoming extremely anemic and bleeding from mucous membranes in their noses. Most lost all their blood platelets, which help close wounds.

The institute decided that the monkeys died from infection with an unknown pathogen because the causes of their deaths could not be determined despite full investigations into identified viruses.

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