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Visitors to Yushan urged to be on guard against Formosan macaques

Visitors to Yushan urged to be on guard against Formosan macaques

Taipei, Jan. 17 (CNA) The Centers for Disease Control has urged visitors to Yushan National Park to beware as nearly half of the Formosan macaques in the park's Tataka area have tested positive for the herpes B virus. The CDC said National Pingtung University of Science and Technology recently tested the Formosan macaques and found 47 percent of them to have been infected with the virus. "If bitten by the infected Formosan macaque, people could be infected with the human herpes B virus," said CDC Deputy Director General Chuang Jen-hsiang (???). He noted that the virus, which can infect both people and animals, strikes the central nervous system. Although there are only 40 cases of humans being infected with the herpes B virus, the mortality rate is over 70 percent if they don't get proper treatment. Those who survive are often left with serious after-effects, he said. He suggested that people who are bitten sanitize the wounds immediately with soap or iodine and wash them with clean water for 15-20 minutes before getting rabies vaccines and consulting doctors.
(By Lung Pei-ning and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-22 14:49 GMT+08:00