In the United States, more than 22 million people have been infected with the coronavirus - and now at least two gorillas in a California zoo.
The US state of
has very high
numbers of corona infections
two gorillas contracted
zoo in San Diego
The authorities assume that the animals were
San Diego - The
is the country with the highest numbers in the
in the world.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University on Tuesday morning,
204,652 new corona infections
within one day
In the same period,
1731 corona deaths were
The state of
is particularly hard hit
So far, a total of 2,753,739 people have been
- and now at least
Corona in the USA: Two gorillas infected in the San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo
positive for the
The zoo announced on Monday.
The two animals started
and were then tested for the pathogen, said California Governor
"Apart from a little mucus and coughing, the gorillas are fine," said zoo director
of gorillas in the zoo would be in
It cannot be ruled out that other animals in the group
may be infected
"We hope to make a full recovery," said Peterson.
Members of our gorilla troop tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Aside from some congestion and coughing, the gorillas are doing well and we are hopeful for a full recovery.
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- San Diego Zoo Safari Park (@sdzsafaripark) January 11, 2021
Two gorillas infected with corona in the USA: probably infected by zoo employees
The authorities assume that the
asymptomatic zoo employee
However, this has not yet been confirmed.
According to the zoo, all employees must
when they are near the gorillas.
Due to the high number of
, the area of the famous
San Diego zoo
, where the gorillas live, was
closed to visitors
at the beginning of December
Studies have previously shown that
apes can also become infected
share up to 98 percent of their genetic make-up with humans.
The two infected animals from the
San Diego Zoo
are a novelty.
These are the
first known cases
in which great apes have become naturally infected with the coronavirus.
(ph / afp / dpa)
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