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Virus from temple monkeys to humans - no disease ensuing, but unknown potential

nabadip - Mon, 18 Jul 2005 12:13:40 +0530
Monkey virus breaches human barrier

Monkeys may be revered residents in temples across South Asia. But scientists have warned that a virus called SFV might jump from temple monkeys into humans.

...The new study has said that temples in South Asia may account for more human-primate contact than any other context. The Vrindavan temple near Mathura, the Durga temple in Varanasi, the Kamakhya temple in Guwahati and the Jhakhu temple in Himachal Pradesh are among temples teeming with monkeys.