The infection seems to might have come from or transferred from a member of the wildlife team who might have also tested for the virus but was undetectable and was wearing a mask all the time around gorillas.
Not just one or two but several gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have been tested for coronavirus and this is what is believed to be the first known cases among such monkeys in the United States and even possibly in the whole world.
Lisa Peterson who is the park’s chief executive, told The Associated Press on 11th January, Monday that eight gorillas were living together in the park and they were believed to be infected and that a few of them were even coughing.
The infection seems to have come from a member of the wildlife team who also tested for the virus but was undetectable and wearing a mask all the time around gorillas. The park has been shut down for the public and outsiders since 6th December as part of a California state effort to curb coronavirus cases.
Veterinarians are focused on gorillas and will be housed in their own park area, north of San Diego, Peterson said. At the moment, they are given vitamins, fluids and food but there is no specific antiretroviral drug.
Peterson said that apart from the congestion and coughing, the gorilla are doing well.
While some wildlife has contracted coronavirus from mites to tigers, this is the first known example of transmission to large monkeys and it is not known whether they will have a negative reaction.
Wildlife experts have expressed concern about goronavirus-infested gorillas, a species that is at risk of sharing 98.4 percent of their DNA in humans and humans and humans.
Gorillas infected in San Diego safari park by western western gorillas, their numbers have dropped by more than 60% over the past two decades as a result of poaching and disease, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
The safari park tested the gorilla group’s faeces after two monkeys began to cough on January 6. The Department of Agriculture at US National Veterinary Services Laboratories had confirmed good test results on three gorillas. The faeces for all eight in the army are taken for testing.
The authorities of the Zoo are now also talking with the experts who are also treating the coronavirus in humans. They will stay together because the separation can be dangerous for the gorillas who are familiar with living in close groups.
Paterson said that these are wild animals, and they have their own strength and ability to heal differently than that from us.
The safari park on Monday added additional safety features to its staff, which included the need for face protection and eyeglasses when working with animal contact.
The confirmation that gorillas can be infected with coronavirus contributes to information on how the epidemic can affect these animals in their habitats where they come in contact with humans and human resources, park officials say.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park is also planning to share what they have found and learnt with the health officials, conservationists and also with the scientists so that they can develop few measures in order to protect the other gorillas in African forests.