The driver who pulled over to help when she noticed a wrecked truck that was carrying 100 lab monkeys now says that she has developed a cough and conjunctivitis after one of the monkeys hissed in her face.
What are the details?
Michelle Fallon from Danville, Pennsylvania, stated that she was driving on a Pennsylvania highway when she noticed a truck in front of her had crashed and dumped its cargo, which was reported by the Daily Mail.
The cargo was one hundred lab monkeys that was on the way to a lab in Florida for testing.
She said that she had pulled off the road immediately to offer help to the driver of the truck. She got out of her vehicle and walked toward the wreck, thinking that the crates were filled with cats.
“I was very close to the monkeys, touching the crates, and walking in their feces,” she said. “So, I called (a helpline) to find out if I was safe. Because the monkey hissed at me and I had an open cut and there was feces around, they just wanted to be precautious.”
Fallon said she has developed a cough and pinkeye, the day after the accident which made her go to the hospital for treatment.
When she arrived, she told the doctors about her incident with the monkeys, which caused the doctors to administer antiviral drugs and a series of rabies shots out of an abundance of caution.
Fallon added that she was also being watched for monkey herpes virus B, reported by the Daily Mail.
In a Facebook post she stated, “What a day!” Someone told me there were cats in the crates when I tried to help at a wreck and I found out it was monkeys when I tried to pet them. I saw that there were three monkeys in each crate, with some broken, so I knew that four had got away.”
I was told to meet the cops at the scene to discuss exposure. … I spoke with the officer and a woman from the CDC.
According to the accident report, All the monkeys — which had just arrived in the U.S. from Mauritius that same day, have been captured.
Authorities immediately released a statement telling residents in the area to avoid contact with the monkeys, which were heading to a CDC-approved quarantine facility.