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Fatal Monkey Illness No Threat to Humans

Officials Investigate Illness which Claims Guardians of Monkey Temple.

(9/15/2003) Bali's livestock and animal welfare officials have reported in the local press that the deaths of 24 monkeys near the Alas Kedaton monkey temple at Tabanan during a one-week period following August 30, 2003, is due to a streptococcal infection.

Officials report that the deaths from the bacterial infection, which affected monkeys living near the complex, have now subsided. Officials also advised that the disease, while potentially deadly to monkeys, is not transmittable between the animals and the many humans who visit the temple.

Veterinarians handling the case suspect the disease was caused by waste products from nearby pig farms and have since administered antibiotics to the food of remaining monkeys which has stemmed the appearance of new cases among animals. Similar incidents affecting the Kedaton monkey population have occurred in 1993 and 1997.