The gorillas are being monitored closely by veterinarians and officials expect them to recover fully. “Aside from some congestion and coughing, the gorillas are doing well. The troop remains quarantined together and are eating and drinking. We are hopeful for a full recovery.” Lisa Peterson, executive director of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, shared in a statement.
The zoo said that it was assumed that the gorillas got infected from an asymptomatic staff member. Staff members were following all safety and PPE protocol recommended by the CDC. The gorillas were tested after officials saw symptoms including coughing. They now suspect that all gorillas are exposed since they live in groups. Eight western lowland gorillas live in the zoo.
“For almost one year our team members have been working tirelessly, with the utmost determination to protect each other and the wildlife in our care from this highly contagious virus,” said Peterson. “The safety of our staff and the wildlife in our care remains our number one priority.”
The zoo has been closed since December 6 due to strict lockdown regulations in California.
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