US public not warned that monkeys imported from Cambodia carried deadly pathogens

Documents reveal that pathogenic agents, zoonotic bacteria and viruses, including one deemed bioterrorism risk, entered US but ‘no indication CDC has been transparent’.

Animal activists are calling for the US government to stop the importation of non-human primates for laboratory use after documents from the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveal that deadly pathogenic agents, zoonotic bacteria and viruses – including one deemed to be a bioterrorism risk – entered the country with monkeys imported from Asia between 2018 and 2021.

Documents obtained by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) and seen exclusively by the Guardian, along with a case report by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, reveal that there have been six cases of Burkholderia pseudomallei identified in primates imported from Cambodia to the US.

The CDC didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Peta has written to the CDC urging that they immediately stop the importation of all non-human primates for the protection of US residents, for the integrity of science, and for the welfare of the animals and their ecosystems.

In full: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/dec/18/monkeys-imported-us-from-cambodia-carried-deadly-pathogens

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