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Gorillas at Zoo Atlanta being treated after initial testing reveals Covid-19 virus

<i>Zoo Atlanta</i><br/>Gorillas at Zoo Atlanta are being treated for the Covid-19 virus.
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Gorillas at Zoo Atlanta are being treated for the Covid-19 virus.

By Alta Spells, CNN

Initial tests show that lowland gorillas at Zoo Atlanta have the Covid-19 virus, the zoo said in a media update on its website.

Officials said Friday they are waiting to confirm the diagnosis after sending test samples to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.

The animals were tested after employees saw some of them coughing, having nasal discharge, and showing changes in appetite. Analyses by the Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of Georgia resulted in presumptively positive results for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19.

The affected gorillas are being treated with monoclonal antibodies and samples from the zoo’s entire gorilla population have been taken for testing, said the release. The zoo plans to continue to test the animals regularly.

“The teams are very closely monitoring the affected gorillas and are hopeful they will make a complete recovery,” said Sam Rivera, the Senior Director of Animal Health. “They are receiving the best possible care, and we are prepared to provide additional supportive care should it become necessary.”

Zoo officials said they do not know exactly how the gorillas became infected. They said the virus might have been passed to the animals by a fully vaccinated, asymptomatic, Covid-positive employee who was wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which is standard practice when working with great apes, said the release.

“While humans are known to be able to transmit the virus to animals such as gorillas, and these cases have occurred at other zoos, there is currently no data to suggest that zoo animals can transmit the virus to humans,” according to the release. “Regardless, Zoo Atlanta visitors do not pose a transmission threat to the gorillas or vice versa given the distance between the areas used by guests and the animals’ habitats.”

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Georgia’s State Veterinarian have approved Zoo Atlanta to use of a vaccine developed specifically for animals, and the gorillas will receive the vaccine once they recover. For now, the zoo plans to vaccinate its “Bornean and Sumatran orangutans, Sumatran tigers, African lions, and clouded leopard” populations, the release said.

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  1. OMG! The Demoncrats are really going to freak out now. Primates, other than human, are getting covid-19? WTF?! How in Gods name will the liberals mandate all primates to be masked, vaccinated and to keep 6′ apart in order to protect the zoo keepers and to keep it from spreading? This will be very interesting and amusing to watch.

          1. No wonder “English” is one of the hardest things to master if you weren’t born here.
            It’s kind of funny how dumb we sound and how worse it gets all the time. Thanks social media.
            (Hashtag, fam, fleek, etc)

  2. “They said the virus might have been passed to the animals by a fully vaccinated, asymptomatic, Covid-positive employee who was wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which is standard practice when working with great apes, said the release.” Short of carelessness on their part they have to divert blame elsewhere so they blame it on the PPE. Well, if PPE won’t stop the virus, why then, is anybody wearing a mask at all. It’s all about controlling people.

    1. Yes, because ‘“controlling people” by making them all wear masks is totally on someones personal agenda.
      Some sinister cabal of world government guys sitting around, twisting their evil mustaches, petting their cats all Dr Evil style, One, says “I know, MASKS! Lets put the world in masks!

      1. It’s a way of controlling and a psychological way of conditioning people. Idk how people don’t point out psychology when it comes to that stuff.

  3. Oh yeah a virus with animal reservoirs that can’t be eradicated by vaccines. Thanks for backing up my reason why the vaccines are not going to eradicate Covid and will in fact cause greater harm as the vaxx was created for the original virus which has mutated. ADE. Helper T cells. You will be dependent on the vaxx as there will never be a true vaccine against covid. Unlike polio or smallpox. Enjoy the boosters.

      1. Yes. I’ve posted multiple , but you treat me like a joke. So, it is what it is. You can believe the MSM and KTVZ for your medical decisions. But there is a lot more in the world. And yes Barney, are you telling us that coronavirus doesn’t have animal reservoirs ? Just want to get that on the legit time stamp Ol’ BARNS!!! You want to go toe to toe about how viruses are spread? Lets go ol barney the, good loving Dino.

        1. So it says “Warnings against close contact with pets or animals at shelters, in zoos, in the wild, or at farms must be issued, though the risk of all of these as routes of transmission in the general population is low.”
          Doesn’t speak at all the efficacy of vaccines. A linked item/study in ‘related stories’ does over there, but it has huge caveats/limitations at the end.

      2. There has never been a vaccine created that will stop a Coronavirus. THe covid jabs are no exception to that statistic and you know it Barney.

        Even the CDC states that you are just 5 times less likely to be hospitalized, meaning you can be hospitalized, meaning you can be infected, meaning the jab doesn’t stop the virus, meaning it’s not a vaccine.

  4. If you have a friend who is getting ready to get the jab, here are five questions you should ask them.

    1. DID YOU KNOW THAT WE HAVE NEVER SUCCESSFULLY VACCINATED AGAINST ANY CORONAVIRUS?
    No successful vaccine against a coronavirus has ever been developed.

    Scientists have been trying to develop a SARS and MERS vaccine for years, with nothing to show for it. In fact, some of the failed SARS vaccines actually caused hypersensitivity to the SARS virus. Meaning that vaccinated mice could potentially get the disease more severely than unvaccinated mice.

    2. DID YOU KNOW IT USUALLY TAKES 5-10 YEARS TO FULLY DEVELOP A VACCINE?
    Vaccine development is a slow, laborious process. Usually, from development through testing and finally being approved for public use takes many years. The various vaccines for Covid have all been developed and approved in less than a year.

    While the media are quick to offer a TON of “explainer” guides, which cite “foresight, hard work and luck” as the reasons we got a Covid vaccine so quickly “without cutting corners”, they all leave out key information.

    Namely, that none of the vaccines have yet been subject to proper trials. Many of them skipped early-stage trials entirely, and the late stage human trials have either not been peer reviewed, have not released their data, will not finish until 2023 or were abandoned after “severe adverse effects”.

    3. DID YOU KNOW THAT THE COVID “VACCINE” IS BASED ON NEW TECHNOLOGY, WHICH HAS NEVER BEEN APPROVED FOR USE ON HUMANS BEFORE?
    While traditional vaccines work by exposing the body to a weakened strain of the microorganism responsible for causing the disease, these new Covid vaccines are mRNA vaccines.

    mRNA (messenger ribonucleic acid) vaccines theoretically work by injecting viral mRNA into the body, where it replicates inside your cells and encourages your body to recognise, and make antigens for, the “spike proteins” of the virus. They have been the subject of research since the 1990s, but before 2020 no mRNA vaccine was ever approved for use.

    4. DID YOU KNOW THAT THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES CAN’T BE SUED IF THE VACCINE HURTS OR KILLS SOMEONE?
    Back in the Spring of 2020 many governments around the world granted vaccine manufacturers immunity to civil liability, either by invoking existing legislation or writing new laws.

    The USA’s Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP) grants immunity until at least 2024.

    The EU’s product licensing law does the same, and there are reports of confidential liability clauses in the contracts the EU signed with vaccine manufacturers.

    The UK went even further, granting permanent legal indemnity to the government, and any employees thereof, for any harm done when a patient is being treated for Covid19 or “suspected Covid19”

    5. DID YOU KNOW 99.8% OF PEOPLE SURVIVE COVID19?
    The case-fatality ratio of Sars-Cov-2 infection has been a bone of contention for months, but it is certainly much lower than all the initial models predicted.

    It was originally massively inflated, with the WHO using a figure of 3.4%.

    Subsequent studies have found it to be much lower, in some cases even lower than 0.1%. A report published in October in the WHO’s own research bulletin finding a CFR of 0.23% “or possibly considerably lower”.

    Meaning, even according to the WHO, at least 99.77% of people infected with the virus will survive.

    Ask your friends these questions. Give them detailed answers.

    It is a rushed and untested vaccine, made using unprecedented technology, with no legal recourse should it do you harm, to treat a virus 99.8% of people will survive.

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