Rhesus Macaque monkeys were brought to Florida in the 1930s and have been spreading through the state ever since. The FWC has been warning residents to stay away from the monkeys because they are known to carry diseases. In 2018, the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 30% of the monkeys carry Herpes B, which can be fatal.
According to the FWC, residents should not feed the monkeys because they can become aggressive. The monkeys have also been spotted in Duval, Putnam, and Flagler counties.
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