Gorilla infected with new coronavirus

A positive reaction for the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) was confirmed in multiple western lowland

gorillas kept at the San Diego Zoo. This case is reported as the first case of infection in a large ape in captivity.

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On January 6, 2021, it was confirmed that two western lowland gorillas bred at a safari park in the San Diego Zoo had coughed. The park's management team commissioned the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS) to investigate the current prevalence of COVID-19. When CAHFS tested two feces as samples, a new type of coronavirus was detected.

The two feces were also sent to the United States Department of Agriculture's National Veterinary Services Institute (NVSL), where NVSL was in charge of retesting. The retest also detected the new coronavirus, which is believed to have made the infections of the two animals almost definitive.

Gorilla has the property of living in a herd, and since other coughing individuals have been confirmed in the herd to which the two western lowland gorillas in question belong, the garden is isolated in herd units. I will.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Two of the problems are believed to have been transmitted by the wildlife care team at the park. The wildlife care team had a keeper who was later found to be infected with asymptomatic COVID-19, and although he always wore a mask when caring for the gorilla, the infection may have spread. It has been suggested.

Western lowland gorillas are an endangered species that is estimated to have declined by more than 60% in the last 20 years. The garden's veterinary team is discussing effective treatments with the county authorities, but at the time of the announcement, it has taken symptomatic measures to 'provide food and drink for self-recovery and continue monitoring'. .. 'The process is going well, except for coughs and stuffy noses,' said Lisa Peterson, chief executive officer of the park. 'Gorilla is a wild animal and has a very strong resilience.' He said that he would require the keeper to wear disposable overalls and protective goggles in the future.

COVID-19 has been confirmed to be infected not only with gorillas, which share 98% of DNA with humans, but also with dogs , cats , minks , and tigers. The San Diego Zoo, where the gorilla infection was reported this time, has been closed to the public since December 6, 2020.

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