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This South Carolina Island Is A Forbidden Zone, But Why?

What on earth is hiding in there...

There are many benefits to the internet age. Information can be found at the tip of your fingers. No longer do you have to wander around, lost, or never know who was that person you saw in that movie that one time, or the proper temperature to which one cooks a steak. However, misinformation also prospers in this online wonderland, and because of the way that modern internet viral trends and algorithms work, it often seems like the salacious conspiracy theory prospers long before anyone bothers to do a simple Google search.

And so it is with this video, in which someone baselessly tries to connect the location of a forbidden island to a deadly disease.


The video talks about the mystery of Morgan Island, which is located in South Carolina, in St Helena Sound. The island is off-limits to visitors (as a simple Google search, not to mention any number of tourist outfits on the shore will tell you) as it is the home of a nearly wild population of monkeys. These monkeys were once used as research animals, and the population is still under the control and protection of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

The monkeys are still used for medical testing, but they are taken from the island for this purpose, at a rate of about 500 per year. Many animals advocates take issue with the existence of this monkey colony and the research being done on them. But pulling U.S. government support from these helpless animals is a highly controversial issue as well, as in the case of the island full of abandoned research chimps in Liberia.

What is not true, despite being heavily implied in the video, is that this population of trapped research animals has anything to do with the country’s recent outbreak of monkeypox.In fact, that disease only has that name because of research monkeys in Denmark who were infected with the virus over sixty years ago, and has not been found in the South Carolina population.