Update 1/23/2022: After the publication of this article, the state authorities Tweeted an update to area residents:
Crash Update: All monkeys have been accounted for.
The CDC has stated that the first three monkeys were euthanized after being captured. No word on the final monkey that was located on Saturday.
Residents near Danville, Pennsylvania, were warned to be on the lookout for monkeys on Friday afternoon after a truck hauling them to a laboratory in Florida got in an accident and several escaped. The truck was pulling a trailer with 100 monkeys inside and four escaped after the vehicle struck a dump truck near an Interstate 80 exit in Montour County. The authorities Tweeted a warning to people in the area:
The crash, and escape of laboratory-bound monkeys, led to a slew of comments on Twitter…ranging from concerns for the monkeys to humorous speculation that this may lead to a zombie apocalypse.
With several people noticing the resemblance between this situation and the 1995 movie, Outbreak.
By Saturday morning, the state police notified the public that just one monkey remained on the loose…but there was no clarification about the fate of the three other monkeys. Were they captured? Were they killed? Were they injured? Where are they now?
And the big question about whether or not these monkeys were carrying any diseases has yet to be addressed. PETA science advisor, Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel, warns of possible dangers to humans:
Anyone in the area who DOES spot the last escapee is asked to call 911 to make a report.