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Missouri Animal Bite by a Macaque Monkey

An eight-year-old Missouri girl was injured by a pet monkey in the parking lot of a Springfield Wal-Mart, according to a recent article on The girl was walking through the parking lot with her father when she saw the monkey sitting in a vehicle parked in the lot. Curious, the girl approached the macaque, which attacked her, leaving her with injuries to her forehead.

The girl was taken to a local hospital to be treated for her injuries. As a precaution, she was also given antiviral and antibiotic medication, since physicians who treated her did not know whether or not the monkey was carrying any diseases that could be transmitted to humans via a bite or a scratch. Macaque monkeys are capable of carrying diseases like hepatitis, tuberculosis, and herpes, and may transmit these infections to people who come into contact with them.

The macaque’s owner stated that the monkey likely lashed out because it felt threatened by the young girl’s approach. Local animal control officers have quarantined the animal for a required period to watch for signs of disease. The woman also received a ticket for violating the city’s ordinance banning monkeys and other exotic pets.

Dog bites are a common source of injury to children, but dogs are not the only animals kept as pets that can cause injuries or illness if they attack. If you or someone you love has been injured by another person’s animal, please don’t hesitate to call the experienced animal bite attorneys at Martin & Wallentine for a free consultation.