Locals brutally beat and kill scores of monkeys in Rio de Janeiro after mistakenly believing the animals spread yellow fever to humans

Mail Online | 2/12/2018 | Afp;Ellie Zolfagharifard for MailOnline
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Scores of monkeys in Rio de Janeiro have been killed in an attempt to stop the spread of yellow fever.

Locals, mistakenly believing that the animals can spread yellow fever to humans, are blamed for the surge in killings.

Year - Monkeys - Rio - State - City

Just this year, 238 monkeys have been found dead in Rio state, compared to 602 in all of 2017, said the city sanitation service, launching a campaign against the killings.

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

Year - Proportion - Humans - Percent

Last year, the proportion found killed by humans was 40 percent.

The rest died of natural causes.

Fever - Numbers - Parts - Brazil - Deaths

Yellow fever numbers have spiraled in parts of Brazil, causing 25 deaths in Rio state since the start of the year.

The government has launched a mass vaccination program but does not have enough vaccine to give everyone the full, lifetime dose.

Monkeys - Bodies - Autopsy - Lab - Rio

The monkeys' bodies are collected at an autopsy lab at the Rio Veterinary Center, where coordinator Fabiana Lucena said panicking residents were making a big mistake by attacking the animals.

'People should understand that it's the mosquito transmitting the yellow fever virus.

Monkey - Victim - Monkeys - Countryside - Mosquitoes

'The monkey is a victim and if there are no more monkeys in the countryside, then mosquitoes will come to attack people,' she told AFP.

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