Zika virus ‘spillback’ into primates raises risk of future human outbreaks

Human strain of the virus found in South American monkeys

capuchin monkey

FILLING THE RESERVOIR  Zika virus circulating among people in Brazil had been found to also infect pet capuchin monkeys (Sapajus libidinosus, shown) and wild marmosets (Callithrix jacchus). Other primates may also be at risk of contracting the virus. Scientists worry the animals could serve as a Zika reservoir for future outbreaks

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