Several gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have tested positive for the coronavirus in what is believed to be the first known cases among such primates in the United States and possibly the world. It is believed the gorillas contracted the virus from a asymptomatic worker at the park. The gorillas were tested via their fecal matter after some gorillas started displaying signs of Covid-19 infection. The gorilla's still somehow got infected despite the staff wearing PPE equipment at all times. Since learning of the positive results, the park continues to care for the Covid positive gorillas while keeping them quarantined from the others.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park's executive director, Lisa Peterson, told The Associated Press on Monday that eight gorillas that live together at the park are believed to have the virus and several have been coughing.
Covid-19 runs a huge risk to the already endangered gorillas. Months ago, a news report released confirming if Covid-19 were to reach the gorilla population, it could be devastating because respiratory infections are the second leading cause of death for gorillas. Watch below.
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