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Coronavirus: even gorillas infected in the zoo - the infection is a novelty

2021-01-13T10:22:47.559Z

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.



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

    California

    has very high

    numbers of corona infections

    .

  • At

    least

    two gorillas contracted

    the

    coronavirus

    in a

    zoo in San Diego

    .

  • The authorities assume that the animals were

    infected

    by a

    zoo employee

    .

San Diego - The

United States

is the country with the highest numbers in the

corona pandemic

in the world.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University on Tuesday morning,

204,652 new corona infections

were reported

within one day

.

In the same period,

1731 corona deaths were

recorded.

The state of

California

is particularly hard hit

.

So far, a total of 2,753,739 people have been

infected

with the

coronavirus there

- and now at least

two gorillas

.

Corona in the USA: Two gorillas infected in the San Diego Zoo

In the

San Diego Zoo

two are

gorillas

positive for the

coronavirus

been tested.

The zoo announced on Monday.

The two animals started

coughing

last week

and were then tested for the pathogen, said California Governor

Gavin Newsom

.

"Apart from a little mucus and coughing, the gorillas are fine," said zoo director

Lisa Peterson

.

The entire

group

of gorillas in the zoo would be in

quarantine

together

.

It cannot be ruled out that other animals in the group

may be infected

with the

coronavirus

.

"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.

Read the full update: https://t.co/HIezWKBFxG pic.twitter.com/MAkPYPzxWP

- 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

gorillas were

infected

by an

asymptomatic zoo employee

.

However, this has not yet been confirmed.

According to the zoo, all employees must

wear

protective masks

when they are near the gorillas.

Due to the high number of

corona infections

in

southern California

, 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

great

apes can also become infected

with the

coronavirus

.

Gorillas

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)

List of rubric lists: © picture alliance / dpa / San Diego Zoo Global / AP |

Ken Bohn

Source: merkur

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