Yellow Fever outbreak sparks PANIC in holiday hotspot – more than 200 monkeys killed

Posted In: News Date:Feb 12th, 2018

Fear of the disease led to the monkeys being killed in Rio de Janeiro, complicating efforts to fight the virus, authorities said.

But locals mistakenly believed the animals can spread yellow fever to humans and are blamed for the surge in killings.

Since this year, 238 monkeys have been found dead in Rio, compared to 602 in all of 2017, the city sanitation service as it launched a campaign against the killings.

Of those killed, 69 percent showed signs of human aggression, mostly being beaten to death and some poisoned.