The first two gorillas infected nCoV from humans

AmericaTwo gorillas at the San Diego Zoo got nCoV from a caregiver, becoming the first human-to-monkey infection.

Zoo spokesman Andrew James said that the health staff initially analyzed the samples collected from two coughing gorillas. On the morning of January 11, the National Veterinary Service Laboratory of the US Department of Agriculture sent a positive result.

Six other monkeys regularly exposed to two infected monkeys are believed to also have Covid-19. In which, 3 of the extremely rare western gorillas have respiratory symptoms such as coughing. No monkeys have changed badly yet, all are fully recoverable.

“A herd of monkeys live together in natural and wild environments. We assume that like humans, this is the infective cluster in the family,” said the zoo’s representative.

The monkeys were thought to have been infected with the virus from a caregiver with Covid-19 but showed no symptoms, despite the zoo having “fully, strictly and consistently adhere to biosafety procedures”, towards Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Pups in the San Diego Safari Zoo were tested for nCoV on January 10. Image: Reuters

Authorities are not sure how Covid-19 will affect the gorillas or how the symptoms may manifest. Lisa Peterson, executive director of the San Diego Zoo, said: “In addition to some cases of difficulty breathing and coughing, the gorillas are in good condition. They are still isolated and eaten together. they will make a full recovery. “

The monkeys at the San Diego Safari Zoo consist of 5 females and 3 males. The oldest one is 45 years old this year, named Winston.

Previously, several other captive wildlife were also infected with nCoV, including lions and tigers at the Bronx Zoo in New York and Barcelona Zoo in Spain. But the San Diego gorilla was the first Covid-19 case among apes.

Thuc Linh (According to the Reuters)


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