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Atlanta zoo says 13 gorillas test positive for coronavirus

An Atlanta zoo says that at least 13 western lowland gorillas have tested positive for the coronavirus.

That includes 60-year-old Ozzie, the oldest male gorilla in captivity. Zoo Atlanta says that employees noticed the gorillas had been coughing, had runny noses and showed changes in appetite.

A veterinary lab at the University of Georgia returned positive tests for the respiratory illness. Zoo Atlanta says that it’s waiting on confirmation from the National Veterinary Services Lab in Iowa.

The zoo says that it is treating the gorillas at risk of complications with monoclonal antibodies.

Zoo officials say that they believe an asymptomatic employee passed on the virus. The employee had been fully vaccinated and was wearing protective equipment.

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