LOS ANGELES – As many as eight gorillas on the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are believed to have contracted the coronavirus from a human handler after one of many animals examined constructive.
Three among the many band of critically endangered western lowland gorillas on the sprawling wildlife park have proven signs of the respiratory virus, reminiscent of coughing, although none seems severely sick, and all are anticipated to totally get well, the zoo mentioned in on-line statement.
Laboratory evaluation of a fecal pattern collected final Wednesday from one in all two gorillas initially seen coughing detected the presence of the virus two days later, zoo spokesman Andrew James mentioned.
The constructive outcomes had been confirmed on Monday by the U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) Nationwide Veterinary Providers Laboratories, the zoo mentioned on its web site.
The gorillas are believed to have contracted the SAR-CoV-2, the scientific identify of the virus that causes COVID-19, from an asymptomatic workers member, regardless of adherence to strict bio-security protocols per U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention pointers, the zoo mentioned.
Zoo officers mentioned they have no idea how the coronavirus will finally have an effect on gorillas or what further signs could happen, Reuters reported.
The coronavirus has additionally been present in a lot of different wild-animal species in captivity, together with a number of lions and tigers on the Bronx Zoo in New York and 4 lions on the Barcelona Zoo in Spain. However the gorillas in San Diego are the primary identified case of infections confirmed in apes.