Woman who stopped at ‘lab monkey’ truck crash has concerning symptoms requiring medical care

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Last Friday, a woman stopped when a truck pulling a trailer with 100 monkeys inside, crashed near Danville, Pennsylvania, and now she has developed concerning physical symptoms that have required her to seek medical care. Michele Fallon stopped when the truck collided with a dump truck and she got out of her vehicle with the intent to help the truck driver.

She wound up interacting with the monkeys who had been headed to a laboratory. In fact, one of the monkeys hissed in her face. Fallon is now worried for her own safety, saying, “I was close to the monkeys, I touched the crates, I walked through their feces so I was very close. So I called to inquire, you know, was I safe?” Fallon has been utilizing social media to share her experience and in one of her posts, she explains that the CDC showed up at the crash site:

It turns out that Fallon’s concerns were legitimate. The day after being exposed to the monkeys, she developed a cough and pink eye symptoms and she had to go to the emergency room at Geisinger Medical Center for care, reports the Daily Mail. Doctors prescribed anti-viral medication and rabies vaccines for Fallon and she was instructed to herself for symptoms of monkey herpes and rabies.

The CDC has warned of symptoms to watch out for after her exposure to the animals:

A total of four monkeys escaped after the crash and the authorities told the public to be on the lookout and to call 911, but NOT to interact with them if they were spotted. All of the monkeys were located and killed over the weekend.

Suffice to say, the crash and release of “lab monkeys” who may or may not have been carrying diseases, has blown up the comments on social media.

With fears of something more sinister than Covid-19 “on deck” for the world.

And many references to doomsday movies with a similar plot:

What are your thoughts? Why was this woman initially told that the trailer contained cats? Why weren’t there any warnings on the trailer? While the monkeys were loose, did they pass on any diseases to other animals? Did the woman inadvertently expose friends and family to a potentially dangerous disease? Feel free to weigh in with your thoughts in the comments.

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