Yellow fever taking heavy toll on monkeys in Brazil’s rainforest

An indigenous girl carries a monkey inside her house in their village at Xingu national park in Mato Grosso, BrazilThe worst yellow fever outbreak in decades is not just killing Brazilians, it threatens to wipe out monkeys in the Atlantic rainforest that are already close to extinction, experts warned on Tuesday. At greatest risk is the muriqui monkey, Brazil's largest primate and one of the planet's 25 most-endangered species of primates, said biologist Roberto Cabral at the Brazilian environmental agency Ibama. "The monkeys are vulnerable to yellow fever just like humans but we have vaccines to protect us, they don't," Cabral said.


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January 31, 2017 9:31 pm

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