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The microbiology laboratory of the
Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital
has detected coronaviruses in
three gorillas from the Cabárceno Nature Park.
As explained by the
Government of Cantabria
in a press release, given the park veterinarian's suspicion that several gorillas in this facility could have coronavirus, stool samples were taken and, after being analyzed by the microbiology laboratory,
Public Health of the Government of Cantabria
will summon the keepers
of these animals who have been in close contact with them to test them.
The gorilla samples will also be repeated to sequence the virus and
check whether or not there is a mutation.
The scientific evidence on the behavior of SARS-CoV-2 in animals is scarce and
wants to monitor and monitor these cases in order to know the genome of the virus and if there have been mutations or if it is a variant different from the one currently circulating, all to better control its evolution.
The gorillas of the Cabárceno Park are in an
exclusive enclosure for this species,
in which the animals are isolated.
The park is operating normally.
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