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Do monkeys carry diseases harmful to humans?

No – Helping Hands monkeys are New World monkeys, native to Central and South America. New World monkeys do not carry the zoonotic diseases often associated with Old World monkeys (from Africa) such as Herpes B, Monkey Pox, or Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV). Additionally, our monkeys are raised in a closed colony and receive periodic veterinary exams keeping their overall health status high. In fact, our monkeys are more likely to catch the common cold from human germs in your own home.