Members of a gorilla troop from San Diego Zoo Safari Park in California have tested positive for COVID-19. San Diego Zoo Safari Park For the latest news and information on the coronavirus pandemic, visit Website of the WHO .
It is not only humans who have been affected by the global pandemiccoronavirus ndial. Pet cats have tested positive , as did a tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York. On Monday, the The San Diego Zoo announced that members of its gorilla troop were infected with COVID-19 , the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Gorillas reside on the target San Diego Zoo Safari Park , an 1,800-acre facility that is home to endangered rhinos, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes and gorillas.
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Two of the gorillas in the troop started coughing last Wednesday, triggering an investigation that involved testing fecal samples. The US Department of Agriculture confirmed the first positive results on Monday. Other members of the group may also have COVID-19. The zoo has says three gorillas are currently showing signs of illness and are under veterinary surveillance.
"Aside from a little congestion and cough, the gorillas are fine, said Lisa Peterson , executive director of the San Diego Zoo SafAri Park, in a statement Monday. "The troop remain in quarantine together and eat and drink. We hope for a full recovery.
COVID-19 in animals
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is currently closed to the public, but an asymptomatic staff member may have spread the infection despite the zoo's safety protocols. Employees are required to wear personal protective equipment, including masks, when in close proximity to animals.
The San Diego Zoo has stressed that gorillas pose no risk to public health and that the zoo is monitoringwill the animals closely. "Research studies have verified that some non-human primates are susceptible to infection with SARS-CoV-2, " the zoo said, "but this is the first known case of natural transmission to the great apes and it is not known if they will have a serious reaction. "