Scientists Shocked as Gorillas Test Positive for COVID 19
Several Gorillas at a Zoo in the United States have tested positive for COVID 19
The Gorillas in Zoo Atlanta in the southern US state of Georgia were tested after the zookeeper saw them coughing
The zoo believes that the animals were infected by an asymptomatic zookeeper despite the worker being vaccinated
Several Gorillas at Zoo Atlanta in Georgia Southern United States have tested positive for COVID 19 virus.
The zookeepers decided to test the animals when they were coughing and displayed other COVID symptoms.
Initial tests found that the apes had contacted the SARS-CoV-2 virus which is responsible for causing COVID 19.
According to a statement released on Friday, further confirmatory tests are being carried out at SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The whole population of the zoo’s gorillas (20) was tested while those at risk of complications were being treated with monoclonal antibodies.
Sam Rivera, senior director of animal health at Zoo Atlanta said;
“The teams are very closely monitoring the affected gorillas and are hopeful they will make a complete recovery. They are receiving the best possible care,”
The zoo authorities stated that it believed that the animals were infected by an asymptomatic keeper.
Experts have confirmed that humans can transfer the virus to animals but there is no data to suggest that humans can contract it from animals.