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Jan 12, 2021
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World’s first case of coronavirus infection of gorillas recorded in the United States

At the zoo in the American city of San Diego, two gorillas were diagnosed with coronavirus infection. The world’s first case of infection of these animals is reported on the safari park’s website.

As told at the zoo, last week, employees noticed that several gorillas had a cough, then it was decided to test them for the presence of a new virus. It is noted that tests for COVID-19 were positive in two pets.

The guidelines suggest the animals may have contracted the coronavirus from an asymptomatic, sick park worker. Currently, gorillas are doing well and are under constant surveillance.

At the end of last year, there was a massive coronavirus infection among minks, with cases reported in Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Italy and the United States.

Experts then warned that when the infection spreads between humans and animals, genetic modification of the virus is possible.

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