Questions are swirling after a woman became sick after coming in contact with an overturned truck of macaque monkeys on their way to a Florida lab.
Pennsylvania resident Michelle Fallon was driving directly behind a truck carrying 100 cynomolgus macaque monkeys last week when the vehicle was hit by a dump truck, throwing the pricey primate crates all over the highway, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Three macaques escaped, but all have since been captured and euthanized. The 97 remaining monkeys, which arrived in the United States from Mauritius, have been accounted for and transported to their destination.
Fallon said she got out of her car and helped the driver put the animals in their cages. She initially thought the animals were cats but quickly realized her mistake when she put her hand on the cage and a monkey hissed at her.
Fallon posted on Facebook that after coming in contact with one of the macaques, she got sick with a nasty cough and pink eye so severe she had to go to the emergency room at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.
Infectious disease doctors gave her the first of four rabies shots and antiviral drugs. Fallon posted she was monitoring for symptoms of rabies and monkey herpesvirus B but said her “symptoms are covid symptoms. Like seriously. A day from hell!” (Read more from “Woman Sick After Coming in Contact With Escaped Lab Monkeys” HERE)
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