Less tourists and locals visiting monkey viewpoint at Koh Sirey, Phuket, say fruit vendors, monkeypox blamed

Phuket –

Fruit vendors at the monkey viewpoint at Koh Siray say less tourists and locals have visited and bought fruits for monkeys and the vendors put the blame on monkeypox, even though it isn’t monkeys responsible for the current spread of the disease globally.

Our previous story:

Yesterday (July 25th) Dr Kusak told the Phuket Express, “All 19 of the high – risk close contact people have been confirmed negative from monkey pox.”

The Phuket Express reporters visited the Monkey Viewpoint at Koh Sirey in Rassada, Mueang Phuket district yesterday. There are about 200 monkeys at the viewpoint near a mangrove forest.

Fruit vendors told the Phuket Express, “There are fewer people buying fruit for monkeys in the past week. They might be afraid of monkey pox. Even during Covid -19 mandated closures and restrictions there were more people buying fruits for monkeys here. Some fruit sellers nearby here also give leftover fruits to monkeys. So, the monkeys are still not starving.”

A buyer told the Phuket Express, “We throw fruits to monkeys. We stay far from them and don’t touch them. After that we wash our hands.”

As noted, however, monkeys themselves have not been the source of the spread of Covid-19 globally.

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Goong is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and Chonburi, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.