| The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is warning against the illegal importation or purchasing of monkeys and other exotic animals as pets. |
In a release on Friday, the Ministry cautioned that exposure to monkeys may cause a number of illnesses including Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) which is a retrovirus closely related to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
The potential for SIV induced disease in human is not clear, but because of the virus's close relationship to HIV and its ability to infect human tissues and blood, it should be considered hazardous.
Other illnesses potentially lethal to humans include Ebola-Reston, Cercopithecine Herpes Virus 1, Rabies, Tuberculosis, Measles, Influenza Viruses, Yellow Fever, Monkeypox and Viral Hepatitis (Hepatitis A, B, C).
Individuals in possession of these animals are being asked to contact the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries' Veterinary Services Division or the nearest Veterinarian by February 15 for arrangements to be made for the safe removal and
of these animals.
Failure to do so will result in the full application of the law.
In addition, persons who may have been in recent contact with a monkey are urged to contact their medical doctor, a medical officer or the Ministry of
and Environment immediately, as they may have been exposed to infectious diseases.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
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