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Rio residents killing monkeys amid yellow fever outbreak

Sixty-nine percent of the 238 monkeys found dead this year in Rio de Janeiro showed signs of being killed by people, who probably believe -- mistakenly -- that monkeys can spread the yellow fever virus gripping the state. Rio Veterinary Center coordinator Fabiana Lucena said monkeys do not transmit the virus to people and are themselves victims of the virus, and killing them might make matters even worse for people as mosquitoes search for blood meals.

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