An unknown number of gorillas at Zoo Atlanta have tested positive for COVID-19 after showing symptoms such as coughing, nasal congestion and loss of appetite and are being treated with monoclonal antibodies.
The zoo indicated in a statement that HThey are awaiting confirmation at the National Veterinary Laboratory of the test results They stressed that although it is not possible to determine the exact origin of this outbreak, they believe that it may be due to A worker tested positive for the disease.
This worker had received the full dose of the vaccine, and was wearing a protective suit against him COVID-19 He had no symptoms when he last worked, before learning he was infected.
The statement doesn’t mention how many gorillas at Zoo Atlanta are being treated, but A local newspaper indicated that there are 13 cases and that there are cases among the four groups in which they are divided.
This is the second group of gorillas in captivity to be infected with COVID-19 this year, Animal Health Director Sam Rivera told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In January, eight gorillas at the San Diego Safari Park Zoo became ill and all recovered. uNo They received an experimental treatment with antibodies. This is exactly the treatment that sick gorillas in Atlanta are receiving to protect them from complications of Covid-19.
veterinary equipmentZoo cutters are collecting samples from all 20 gorillas in the institution, which are divided into four groups and will perform tests regularly even if they are not showing symptoms.
The statement noted that although it is known that humans can transmit the Covid-19 virus to animals such as gorillasThere is no certainty that zoo animals can spread disease to people.
However, the zoo advised visitors to keep a protective distance around the animals’ habitats.
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