Orangutans at U.S. zoos have been infected with the new coronavirus.
According to media reports, the Zoo Atlanta announced thatAt least 13 gorillas in the park tested positive for the new coronavirus, possibly transmitted by a breeder with asymptomatic infections.
The gorillas were found to be infected because staff found that several West African lowland gorillas developed symptoms such as mild cough, runny nose and loss of appetite.
Samples of the gorillas' feces, nasal cavity and mouth were collected and sent to the University of Georgia's Diagnostic Laboratory of Veterinary Medicine and the National Veterinary Laboratory for testing.
Tests by the Diagnostic Laboratory of Veterinary Medicine showed that 13 West African lowland gorillas, including the oldest 60-year-old male gorilla, tested positive for the new coronavirus.However, the results of the National Veterinary Laboratory are still to be determined.
For the source of the infection, the zoo initially concluded thatA breeder may be the spreader of the new coronavirus. However, the keeper was vaccinated and wore protective equipment to work, and I did not show any related symptoms.
It's worth noting that in January, eight gorillas at the San Diego Zoo in California were also infected with the new coronavirus, the first known case of natural transmission to apes.
Gorillas are known to have a DNA similarity of up to 98% to humans.Previous studies have shown that some non-human primates are highly susceptible to new coronaviruses.