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Brazil's monkeys under attack as monkeypox fear and outbreak rises

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that a monkey was killed inBrazilamid fears of transmission ofmonkeypox. expressed grief.

Brazilian news website G1 reported on Sunday that 10 monkeys were poisoned in the city of San Jose do Rio Preto, Sao Paulo state, less than a week later. Similar incidents were reported in other cities.

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WHOspokeswoman Margaret Harris said at a press conference in Geneva:

More than 1,700 cases of her monkeypox have occurred in Brazil, according to WHO.

The country's health ministry confirmed her one death related to the disease on 29 July. The victim was a man with compromised immunity and comorbidities.

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Transmission can occur from animals to humans, but according to Harris And the latest outbreak has been linked to human contact only.

"Don't attack animals," she said.

Brazil also has long documented attacks on monkeys during yellow fever outbreaks.

Since May, nearly 90 countries have reported more than 29,000 cases of her monkeypox. In her July, the WHO classified the once-rare outbreak of the disease as an international emergency.

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