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In an effort to reduce the spreading and mortality of monkeypox, WHO works with government officials and local communities in Southeast Asia to discourage violence towards local monkeys

The World Health Organization advises citizens of the areas now being affected to cover their mouth and nose when they are in contact with each other.

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Chickens, beware: it’s coming for you next.

Because of rising monkeypox virus cases in Brazil, the WHO is speaking up for monkeys.

“What people need to know very clearly is the transmission we are seeing is happening between humans to humans,” WHO spokesperson Margaret Harris told the Washington Post on Tuesday. None of the animals should be in danger of being attacked by them.

Primate sightings in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Bruna Prado/)

More than 32,000 cases of monkeypox have been documented in nearly 90 countries since an outbreak began in May, the CDC reports. Brazil accounted for over 2,000 of the total cases. Monkeypox is a “rare, viral infection that does not usually cause serious illness,” according to New York’s health officials.

The Post reports, citing local news agencies, that seven monkeys in Brazil have recently died from what appear to be poison-related causes. There were at least three others who exhibited the same intoxicated behavior.

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It has been reported that Brazilian officials have speculated that monkeypox fears could be fueling aggression toward monkeys, while also suggesting that animal trafficking could be to blame for the “deliberate abuse” of the animals.

Harris stated that monkeypox, which is most commonly found in rodents, may be renamed by the WHO.

According to virologist Maurcio Lacerda of the Rio Preto Faculty of Medicine, “no evidence of monkeypox virus circulating in monkeys in the Brazil.”