Sao Paulo — The World Health Organization expressed grief on Tuesday over the killing of monkeys in Brazil amid fears of monkeypox infection.
Brazil’s news website G1 reported on Sunday that 10 monkeys have been poisoned in less than a week in the city of So Jose do Rio Preto in the state of So Paulo. Similar incidents have happened in other cities as well.
“People need to know that the transmission we are seeing now is between humans,” WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said during a news conference in Geneva.
According to the WHO, there are more than 1,700 cases of monkeypox in Brazil.
of the country Health The ministry confirmed one death related to the disease on 29 July. The victim was a person who had low immunity and had co-morbidities.
According to Harris, the infection can be transmitted from animals to humans, but recent outbreaks have only been related to human contacts.
“People definitely shouldn’t attack animals,” she said.
Brazil has a long register of attacks on monkeys, even during outbreaks of yellow fever.
Since May, more than 29,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported in nearly 90 countries. The WHO classified the one-time rare disease outbreak as an international emergency in July.