Members of the gorilla troop on the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have examined optimistic for the SARS-CoV-2, or COVID-19, the zoo confirmed Monday, including that it’s believed the animals contracted the virus from an asymptotic workers member. It’s stated to be the primary identified occasion of such transmission.
Two gorillas had been noticed coughing on Jan. 6, prompting California Animal Well being and Meals Security Laboratory System researchers to carry out testing on fecal samples, in accordance with a information launch posted Monday. Preliminary outcomes confirmed the presence of the virus, which was then confirmed by the U.S. Division of Agriculture Nationwide Veterinary Companies Laboratories.
It was not instantly clear what number of gorillas examined optimistic for the virus. The information launch additionally didn’t element if the gorillas that examined optimistic have been male or feminine or any data regarding age.
“Except for some congestion and coughing, the gorillas are doing nicely.” Lisa Peterson, government director of San Diego Zoo Safari Park, stated within the information launch. “The troop stays quarantined collectively and are consuming and consuming. We’re longing for a full restoration.” It’s not identified if the gorillas will undergo extreme sickness from the virus.
“For nearly one 12 months our group members have been working tirelessly, with the utmost willpower to guard one another and the wildlife in our care from this extremely contagious virus,” Peterson stated. “The protection of our workers and the wildlife in our care stays our primary precedence.”
The safari park has been closed to the general public since Dec. 6 on account of pandemic lockdown measures. San Diego County has seen 191,888 circumstances of coronavirus, in accordance with public well being information, together with an extra 3,288 sicknesses that have been reported on Saturday.