Danville, PA – All monkeys that had been involved in a crash near Danville in Montour County, PA, recently are now accounted for.
Out of around 100 monkeys that were in the truck, three of those monkeys had been missing.
They were found and had to be humanely euthanized.
Several organizations including the CDC conducted public health risk assessments to make the decision about the escaped monkeys.
The CDC says the monkeys were being transported to a CDC-approved quarantine facility after landing in New York. Other earlier reports only indicated the the animals were headed for a lab testing facility.
The animals are originally from eastern Africa, specifically from the country of Mauritius.
The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. Friday along Route 54 near Interstate 80 by Danville. The truck carrying the monkeys collided with a dump truck. The driver who was transporting the monkeys was charged in the crash.
According to reports from people who were contacted by the CDC because they were close to the crash or the monkeys, the surviving monkeys will be quarantined and monitored for infectious diseases before their release.