28 infected chimpanzees relocated to a "Special Care Unit" in Almere

BPRC - 1. 28 infected chimpanzees relocated to a "Special Care Unit" in Almere

Twenty eight infected chimpanzees have been moved to a Special Care Unit built by “Stichting Aap” in Almere (the Netherlands). These animals have made an important contribution to the research on infectious deseases such as AIDS and Hepatitis. 

The chimpanzees have become chronically infected with either human immunodeficiency virus or a hepatitis virus. Although they are not sick themselves, they can be infectious to people so that they require these specialised facilities. The relocation, carried out in several steps, took place without any problems. After a short period of familiarisation the animals took possession of their new homes and now continue to enjoy their retirement.