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At least 2 gorillas test positive for covid-19 at the San Diego Zoo


At least two gorillas at the San Diego Zoo were infected with COVID-19, the zoo and Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday.

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A snow leopard tested positive for COVID-19 in December at the Louisville Zoo in the US It is likely that it was infected by contact with an asymptomatic staff member "despite the precautions taken by the zoo" said animal health authorities.

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Spanish authorities ordered nearly 100,000 minks to be euthanized after an outbreak on a farm, where the animals are raised to use their fur, after several of them tested positive for the new coronavirus.

Minks are added to the list of animals that have tested positive for covid-19, the disease that has infected more than 13 million in the world and has left more than half a million deaths.

See in this gallery other animals that have tested positive for the virus and what we know about these infections.

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Two cats in New York were reported to be infected with the new coronavirus on April 22, federal officials announced.

Both had mild respiratory symptoms.

They were the first pets in the U.S. to test positive, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

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Tigers: also in April the first case of a covid-19 positive tiger was reported.

It was about a tiger at the Bronx Zoo, New York.

Later, seven other big cats were infected, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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This pug named Winston may have been the first dog in the United States to test positive for coronavirus, according to researchers.

The dog was tested as part of a study involving his family, who had had the disease.

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Ferrets can also get it.

One study found that ferrets were also "efficient" replicators of the virus, meaning the virus can easily grow and reproduce on their long, slippery bodies.

"SARS-CoV-2 can replicate in the ferret's upper respiratory tract for up to eight days, without causing serious illness or death," the study said.

The study did not consider a longer time frame.

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2 dogs in Hong Kong and a cat in Belgium also tested positive in April, but the American Veterinary Medical Association gave a piece of reassurance on its website: "Infectious Disease Experts and Various International and National Human and Animal Health Organizations agree that there is no evidence at this time indicating that pets transmit COVID-19 to other animals, including people. "

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Pets may not infect people with coronavirus, but pet owners should protect cats, dogs, and other companion animals, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned. .

“Although it does not appear that animals can give you the virus, it seems that you can infect them.

So if you are sick, avoid direct contact with your pets.

If possible, have someone else take care of them until you are healthy again, ”says the FDA in a video.

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The rise of covid-19 in California just got worse, after at least two gorillas at the San Diego Zoo became infected with the virus, the zoo and Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday.

Currently, three gorillas show symptoms of Covid-19 and are suspected of being infected by an asymptomatic staff member, according to a press release.

This is the first known case of coronavirus in great apes, the zoo said, although previous research has shown that some non-human primates are susceptible.

Gorillas live in families, so all members are assumed to have been exposed, zoo officials say.

LOOK: See how zookeepers raise this baby gorilla

It started last Wednesday, when two gorillas from the zoo started coughing.

A preliminary test within the group showed the presence of Covid-19 in gorillas on Friday, and the National Laboratory of Veterinary Services of the US Department of Agriculture confirmed the positive results on Monday.

It is unknown if the gorillas will have any serious reactions, the zoo said, but they are being closely monitored.


"Other than a little congestion and coughing, the gorillas are fine," said Lisa Peterson, executive director of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, of the gorillas with COVID-19.

«The troop remains together in quarantine and is eating and drinking.

We are hopeful of a full recovery.

The San Diego Zoo has been closed to the public since early December.

California has become an epicenter for covid-19, with 4,971 patients in the ICU on Monday.

Meanwhile, across the country, the total number of Americans with the virus surpassed 22 million over the weekend, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, and more than 375,000 have died.


Source: cnnespanol

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