San Diego Gorillas Covid: Members of the San Diego Zoo Safari Troop at the San Diego Zoo tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Two gorillas started to cough on Wednesday, January 6th.
San Diego Zoo Global has introduced a process to test fecal samples from SARS-CoV-2 gorillas via the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System under current conditions (CA HFS).
Preliminary tests detected the presence of the virus in the gorilla group on 8 January. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) confirmed the positive results on Monday, 11 January.
Research studies have verified that some non-human primates are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection, but this is the first known case of natural transmission to large apes and it is not known whether they will have any serious reactions.
The test results confirm the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in some gorillas and do not definitively rule out the presence of the virus in other members of the troop. Gorillas are suspected to have been infected by an asymptomatic staff member despite all the recommended precautions, including the safety protocols COVID-19 of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).