12th November 1976 - 'Green monkey disease' quarantine

Vervet monkeyA research worker at Porton Down went into voluntary quarantine after a feared outbreak of ‘green monkey disease’[1]

He was admitted to hospital after suffering a mild fever, subsequent to a glove being damaged as he was working with the virus.

This was and presumably is a serious matter - the death rate at the time was 30% of those infected and there was no known antidote.

From what I remember at the time the man and his family suffered no ill effects after the mild fever passed.

Photo credit

Photo of a vervet (also known as a ‘Green Monkey’) by Wegmann (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons


[1] “Porton man in monkey disease alert.” Times [London, England] 12 Nov. 1976: 3. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 22 Jan. 2013. URL: http://find.galegroup.com/ttda/infomark.do?&source=gale&prodId=TTDA&userGroupName=wiltsttda&tabID=T003&docPage=article&searchType=BasicSearchForm&docId=CS50823020&type=multipage&contentSet=LTO&version=1.0

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