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San Diego Zoo Gorillas Test Positive for COVID-19, First Known Case Confirmed in Apes

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San Diego Zoo Gorillas Test Positive for COVID-19, First Known Case Confirmed in Apes

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Two gorillas at the San Diego Zoo have tested positive for COVID-19, the zoo announced, marking it the first known such cases confirmed in apes. San Diego Zoo Global announced that two gorillas at its San Diego Zoo Safari Park began coughing on Jan. 6, and that it began the process of testing fecal samples from the gorillas through the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System (CA HFS). Preliminary tests found the presence of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes the disease COVID-19, in the gorilla troop. The positive results were confirmed on Monday by the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA). “The test results confirm the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in some of the gorillas and does not definitively rule out the presence of the virus in other members of the troop,” it said. The zoo said it suspected that the gorillas “acquired the infection from an asymptomatic staff …

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