“Cornelius”–formerly known as the Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay–has tested positive for the herpes B virus.
State wildlife employees received test results from blood drawn after the wild rhesus macaque was captured.
Herpes B is a common virus in rhesus macaques and can spread to humans if bitten or scratched by an infected monkey. Symptoms can take up to two weeks to emerge and include fever, headache, and blisters near the wound.
“Cornelius” attacked and bit a woman in mid-October.