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Performing Monkeys Could Spread Primate Viruses to Humans
LiveScience ^ | 08 December 2005 | Robert Roy Britt

Posted on 12/08/2005 5:18:12 PM PST by neverdem

A new study warns that performing monkeys in Indonesia carry several viruses that could infect humans during the close contact common to street shows.

Scientists have long known that monkeys and other primates can be sources of new viruses that morph into types that can kill people. HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is thought to have originated with primates in Africa and jumped species during contact with natives who eat their meat.

Recently, the fear of viral evolution has led world officials to warn against a potential flu pandemic should a deadly bird virus evolve the ability to jump from person to person.

Close contact

Performing monkeys in Jakarta, Indonesia carry several so-called retroviruses that are capable of infecting people but which might not show effects for years, it was announced today by researchers.

Retroviruses reproduce by implanting their genetic material into a host cell’s DNA.

The monkeys were seen climbing on people and engaging in other close contact that could lead to a bite or scratch and then an infection of monkey fluid, the scientists said.

"The risk of viral transmission in this context is unclear," Michael Schillaci, professor of social sciences at the University of Toronto at Scarborough and lead author of a report in the December issue of the journal Tropical Medicine and International Health. "But the contact here can be very intense."

Markets where performing monkeys are sold pose another threat, the study found. Different species of wild monkey and other animals are brought together in often unsanitary conditions.

"The market is a condensed area for mixing species and pathogens," said Gregory Engel, a physician at Swedish/Providence Hospital in Seattle. "The animals may be sick or in bad shape there, and they're mixed with other animals that potentially could have pathogens, and then they're put into contact with a dense human population."

What monkeys carry

The scientists took blood samples from 20 performing macaques in Jakarta. Here’s what they found in one or more of the creatures:

Simian (ape or monkey) foamy virus (SFV); has not been shown to cause disease in humans but has been detected in other monkey-human interaction settings in Asia.

Simian retrovirus (SRV); shown to infect humans in a laboratory setting but yet to be associated with any disease in humans.

Simian T-cell lymphotropic virus (STLV); believed to be the primate ancestor of the human version of the virus, HTLV, a known cause of T-cell leukemia in people.

Herpes B virus, also known as CHV-1; rarely infects humans but, in the 40 known human cases, associated with an 80 percent fatality rate.

The small study suggests further testing should be done on more monkeys in more locations, the researchers said. Performing monkeys are used in India, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan and Korea.

The scientists encourage people who live in or visit the region to avoid close contact with performing monkeys.

"People aren't looking at Asia, and they need to do so, because viruses are emerging on that continent," said study leader Lisa Jones-Engel of the University of Washington. "There is a large, diverse population of primates there, and a huge human population in dense urban centers, so there's the potential for viral transmission across the species barrier."

In July, Jones-Engel and colleagues announced the first known case in Asia of simian foamy virus (SFV) being transmitted from monkeys to humans.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; health; india; indonesia; korea; pakistan; primateviruses; science; thailand; vietnam

1 posted on 12/08/2005 5:18:14 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

"The scientists encourage people who live in or visit the region to avoid close contact with performing monkeys." Well jeez, just use a condom.

signed: Michael Jackson


2 posted on 12/08/2005 5:21:18 PM PST by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: neverdem

Indonesia, I thought this was about the DNC.


3 posted on 12/08/2005 5:21:32 PM PST by 359Henrie
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To: neverdem

Just don't spank the monkey!


4 posted on 12/08/2005 5:22:00 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: neverdem

What happens if they stop performing?


5 posted on 12/08/2005 5:22:22 PM PST by SolutionsOnly
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To: neverdem

Are we all gonna die, or was that yesterday?


6 posted on 12/08/2005 5:23:54 PM PST by Tax-chick ("You don't HAVE to be a fat pervert to speak out about eating too much and lack of morals." ~ LG)
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To: neverdem

I thought this was about liberals - my bad.


7 posted on 12/08/2005 5:23:56 PM PST by Tall_Texan (HOUSTON ASTROS - NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS 2005)
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To: neverdem
Sounds like someone wants a Grant ($). Is there any evidence in the local populations? There are a lot of temples throughout the area where monkeys live in large numbers. Are the monks who clean up after them sick with virus associated with the monkeys?

Are we reading the "scare of the month" story??

8 posted on 12/08/2005 5:26:11 PM PST by JimSEA (America cannot have an exit strategy from the world.)
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To: neverdem
This is the greatest post ever on Free Republic.

I'm only being a little facetious.

Performing Monkey Viruses.

Worth it for that.

9 posted on 12/08/2005 5:26:16 PM PST by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: neverdem
Performing Monkeys Could Spread Primate Viruses to Humans

..only if they join the cast of "Rent"

Doogle

10 posted on 12/08/2005 5:31:24 PM PST by Doogle (USAF...7thAF ..4077th TFW...408th MMS..Ubon Thailand.."69",,Night Line Delivery..AMMO)
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To: neverdem

Aren't the monkeys taking the same chance? Maybe we should keep them away from socialists.


11 posted on 12/08/2005 5:32:24 PM PST by Steamburg (Pretenders everywhere)
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12 posted on 12/08/2005 5:32:38 PM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: neverdem

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1535951/posts

Hope you saw this one Giant jellfish! 465 pounds!


13 posted on 12/08/2005 5:37:24 PM PST by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: dynachrome

that is jellyfish not jellfish. argggh


14 posted on 12/08/2005 5:41:16 PM PST by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: dynachrome

LOL! The article right before this talks about Howard Dean. I saw Howard Dean then performing monkeys on the main page. I thought it was together.


15 posted on 12/08/2005 5:49:45 PM PST by imskylark
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To: dynachrome

Thanks for the link.


16 posted on 12/08/2005 5:54:32 PM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: imskylark

You should see this one: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1536742/posts

It's about bat testicles.


17 posted on 12/08/2005 5:55:05 PM PST by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: neverdem
Speaking of performing monkeys:


18 posted on 12/08/2005 5:58:05 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: neverdem
Performing Monkeys Could Spread Primate Viruses to Humans

Okay then - are we safe if we just WATCH the cast of West Wing on television?

19 posted on 12/08/2005 6:09:47 PM PST by solitas
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To: neverdem
I have to do this, I have to do this:


20 posted on 12/08/2005 6:17:34 PM PST by NRA1995 (Jesus is the reason for the season)
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To: neverdem

21 posted on 12/08/2005 7:17:43 PM PST by RightWingAtheist (Free the Crevo Three!)
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To: neverdem

No problem-o. I dunno about the part where they want to make sushi outta them critters, though.


22 posted on 12/08/2005 7:31:00 PM PST by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: dynachrome

A new study warns that performing monkeys in Indonesia carry several viruses that could infect humans during the close contact common to street shows.

---Darn and I had tickets to the Monkey show on Saturday and was planning on getting right in their face too.


23 posted on 12/08/2005 8:19:36 PM PST by WasDougsLamb (I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed man)
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To: neverdem

So, no more Today Show?


24 posted on 12/08/2005 8:23:57 PM PST by atomic conspiracy (Islamo-terrorists: Strike force of the MSM)
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To: neverdem
Performing Monkeys Could Spread Primate Viruses to Humans

Quarantine Congress.

25 posted on 12/08/2005 8:24:50 PM PST by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: tallhappy
Performing Monkey Viruses.

A truly excellent name for a rock band...

26 posted on 12/08/2005 8:27:25 PM PST by Future Snake Eater (The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.)
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To: WasDougsLamb
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27 posted on 12/08/2005 8:28:57 PM PST by WasDougsLamb (I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed man)
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To: Tax-chick

It's Bush's fault.


28 posted on 12/08/2005 8:31:41 PM PST by 2Jedismom (Expect me when you see me!)
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To: NRA1995

Well. I'm a believer (and not a daydream believer)! We'd all better run and take the last train to Clarksville...


29 posted on 12/08/2005 8:32:06 PM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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30 posted on 12/08/2005 9:33:47 PM PST by Rakkasan1 (Peace de Resistance! Viva la Paper towels!)
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