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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Phew! The monkey that's been missing from Emory for a week doesn't have herpes

The folks over at Emory's Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Lawrenceville just decided to announce that one of its rhesus monkeys has been missing since June 15.

BUT DONT WORRY. He doesn't have herpes.

From Fox 5:

According to officials, the monkey does not have the herpes B virus. The animal was to be a part of a behaviorial study, but it was not part of any study in which it would have been infected with any disease.

Actually, Herpes B virus is really scary (even worse than the cold sore-kind). The CDC says, "Infection with B virus is extremely rare in humans; however, when it does occur, the infection can result in severe neurologic impairment or fatal encephalomyelitis [inflammation of the brain and spinal cord] if the patient was not treated soon after exposure." It has an 80 percent mortality rate.

Perform enough biomedical research on monkeys, and they're gonna wise up eventually. I predict the beginning stages of this:

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