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Monkeys In Nicaragua Are Dropping Dead And People Have NO Idea Why

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Some terrifying news for the week comes from Nicaragua where monkeys are dying left and right. The worst part? NO ONE knows why.

Dozens of monkeys in southwestern Nicaragua are literally dropping dead of unknown causes.

Howler monkeys are particularly susceptible to mosquito-borne illnesses like chikungunya, dengue fever, and the recent Zika virus.

While some experts think the deaths can be related to the drought and other environmental issues, one expert is raising the red flag to warn of something more terrifying: a new viral outbreak.

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Autopsies have shown that the dead monkeys show no signs of being sick. It appears they are simply dropping dead for no reason.

READ: A Virus in Latin America is having a Serious Effect on Unborn Babies

“If anything, I was struck by what good conditions the monkeys appeared to be in,” Kimberly Williams-Guillén, director of conservation science for Paso Pacifico, told TakePart. “The animals seemed to be in good condition other than being dead.”

The monkeys could be an indicator of a new viral outbreak that can lead to extreme lethargy…

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And convulsions before death.

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But there is also no sign of dehydration or emaciation that would lead to the way the monkeys are acting.

READ: 20,000 People Have Died because of THIS in Nicaragua and El Salvador

The main suspect is the mosquito, which is wreaking havoc in the southern hemisphere spreading illnesses like the Zika virus.

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“I’ve spent years of my life walking around forests in Nicaragua, and I’ve never just found a dead monkey just lying around,” Williams-Guillén told TakePart.

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“We have people finding dead and dying monkeys throughout the zone. It’s very unusual,” said Williams-Guillen.

H/T: Fusion

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Racism Takes A Backseat In Mexico…Finally

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Racism Takes A Backseat In Mexico…Finally

It’s difficult to understand that Mexico just recently recognized black people as legitimate Mexicans. Yes, Latinos can be black, too. And black Mexicans have been around since the Spanish brought them over as slaves, literally centuries ago.

Nevertheless, it’s a big step forward because, as Dallas Rico, a teacher and a black Latino says, “As long as society doesn’t acknowledge us, we will continue to be invisible.”

READ: @blaxicansofla Gets an Intimate Portrayal of What It’s Like Growing Up Black & Mexican

To recognize that Latinos can also be black is the same as recognizing that Latinos can be blond with blue eyes. This validation is incredibly important in order to minimize prejudices within our own Latino community since there are “Afro-Peruvians, Afro-Columbians, Afro-Panamanians and other Afro-(insert name of Latin American country here)”, Rico says.  It’s called diversity, guys.

Read more about Dallas Rico’s experience as an Afro-Latino from the Huffington Post here and here.

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