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WHO Warns People Not To Attack Monkeys Amid Monkeypox Outbreak

The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging the public not to attack monkeys amid the monkeypox outbreak. The announcement follows reports that primates have been poisoned and killed in Brazil. "What people need to know is that the transmission we are seeing is happening between humans," Dr. Margaret Harris, WHO spokesperson At least 10 monkeys in Brazil were rescued showing signs of being attacked. Seven of them died and the others were being monitored at a zoo in São Paolo. The Brazilian police believe people perpetrated the poisonings out of a fear of monkeypox. The concern should be about where it's transmitting in the human population. They should certainly not be attacking any animals, Dr. Margaret Harris, WHO spokesperson. There have been other reports of attacks on monkeys in various parts of Brazil, where they were poisoned, stoned or shot to death. The name chosen for this new disease is very unfortunate. "We are very concerned because this represents a huge threat to wild animals in Brazil," Dener Giovanini, the coordinator for the National Network to Combat Wildlife Trafficking.
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