Mass Die-off: Yellow Fever Decimating Monkeys in Brazil
Posted by feww on March 23, 2017
Thousands of brown howler monkeys killed by yellow fever in federally-protected reserve in SE Brazil
“Yellow fever, a virus carried by mosquitoes and endemic to Africa and South America, has robbed the private, federally-protected reserve of its brown howlers in an unprecedented wave of death that has swept through the region since late 2016, killing thousands of monkeys,” according to a report.
“The way yellow fever has spread also concerns Brazilian health officials. As of mid-March 2017, they have confirmed more than 400 human cases of the disease, mostly in Minas Gerais, causing nearly 150 human deaths. The Brazilian Ministry of Health is investigating another 900 possible cases and concern is mounting that it will spread to cities, threatening many more people.”