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Amid Yellow Fever Outbreak, Health Officials Urge Brazilians To Stop Killing Monkeys That Serve As Disease Beacons

New York Times: Brazil Yellow Fever Outbreak Spawns Alert: Stop Killing the Monkeys
“As fears spread in Brazil over the resurgence of yellow fever, health officials are issuing a warning: Stop killing the monkeys. … Infectious disease specialists say people are taking aim at the wrong target. Mosquitoes, not monkeys, are actually the vector for the virus, and the monkeys are dying from yellow fever in much higher numbers than people in Brazil. Those who kill the monkeys are making matters worse by depleting primate populations that serve as beacons for where yellow fever is spreading, epidemiologists said…” (Romero et al., 5/2).

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