Gorillas at San Diego Zoo Test Positive for Coronavirus

A gorilla troop at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park has tested positive for COVID-19, San Diego Zoo Global said Monday. (Credit: San Diego Zoo Global)

Unusual coronavirus news is highlighted in the United States on Monday as new cases are confirmed in unexpected places. Multiple gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have tested positive for the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). This is the first known report of coronavirus cases among these primates in the United States. The executive director, Lisa Peterson, stated on Monday that eight gorillas that stay in the same habitat are believed to be infected as several of them have been showing symptoms. The park has been closed to public since December 6th, 2019 due to California lockdown procedures and regulations that have been put in place in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 

Currently, veterinarians are closely monitoring the infected gorillas and they will continue to do so while the gorillas remain in their habitat at the zoo. They are giving the gorillas plenty of vitamins and fluids but are not treating the coronavirus specifically at this time. Peterson says that the gorillas seem to be doing well besides some congestion and coughing.

“This is wildlife, and they have their own resiliency and can heal differently than we do,” Peterson said. 

On Monday, the zoo added extra precautions such as requiring face shields and goggles at work in order to better protect its staff due to the current state of the park.

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