If you’re planning to travel to far-flung destinations this year, monkey bites are probably the last thing on your mind, but it’s worth bearing in mind that these cuddly creatures can sometimes be dangerous, especially in their natural habitat. If you’re travelling to India, Southeast Asia or Africa, you may get up close and personal with monkeys, which tend to be inquisitive, especially if you have food on you. Here are some tips to help you avoid travel accidents and reduce your risk of developing injuries abroad caused by expected encounters with moneys.
What diseases can I catch from monkeys?
There is a low risk of catching diseases from monkeys, but it is possible for disease to spread from monkeys to humans, usually through bites. Examples of these diseases include:
- yellow fever
- herpes B virus (this can cause encephalitis, which causes swelling around the brain)
- Mayaro virus
Often, the diseases originate from insects or ticks, which bite monkeys, which subsequently bite humans.
What to do if you get bitten by a monkey
If you’ve been bitten by a monkey, it’s important to seek medical assistance, so that the wound can be cleaned and dressed and any relevant treatment or vaccinations can be given. In areas where monkey bites are common, it is likely that medical professionals will have the relevant training and expertise to act quickly to prevent travel illnesses from developing.
If you are in an area where there are lots of monkeys, try to steer clear of them and avoid carrying food with you or feeding them. Monkeys can become aggressive if they feel threatened so try to be quiet around them and give them plenty of space, especially if you are near a mother and their baby. If you need medical treatment abroad, your travel insurance policy should cover the cost; however, it is important to check the details of your policy carefully before you try and make a claim.
Can I claim for an accident abroad?
If you’ve been injured abroad or you’ve been involved in a holiday accident and you were not to blame for your travel injuries, call Accident Advice Helpline to see if you have a valid case for travel accident compensation. If the incident happened within the last 3 years, you can prove that another individual or a company displayed negligence and you booked your trip through a travel agency based in the UK, you could claim travel injury compensation. Give us a call on 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice