The World Health Organization (WHO) has condemned a surge of attacks on monkeys amid fears of the monkeypox virus.
During a press briefing on Tuesday, the WHO responded to the recent spate of monkey killings in Brazil. In Sao Jose do Rio Preto, a city in the state of Sao Paulo, police are investigating the poisoning and intentional injuring of at least 10 monkeys in less than a week, killing seven, according to Brazilian news website G1.
Police said they believed the attacks were motivated by fears surrounding the news of three confirmed monkeypox cases in the area. Similar incidents of people poisoning or throwing stones at monkeys have been reported in other cities, according to local media.