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Over 200 gorillas tested positive for COVID-19



Uganda has started testing its mountain gorilla population for Covid- 19 to isolate those that may have been ex-posed to and picked it from infected humans. 

So far more than 200 gorillas have tested positive for COVID-19.

Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH), a not-for-profit organisation, in  partnership with Uganda Wildlife Authority and Uganda Virus Research Institute, has started sample collection for  testing Sars-CoV-2 in mountain gorillas  at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.  In January, eight captive gorillas were  believed to have the virus after three of  them were diagnosed positive for coronavirus through faecal sample analysis  at the Zoo Safari Park in San Diego, US.

Experts said they are “collecting non-invasive mountain gorilla faecal samples to preserve them for testing.

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