Nine great apes become the first non-human primates in San Diego to be vaccinated for Kovid-19

Nine great apes become the first non-human primates in San Diego to be vaccinated for Kovid-19

LOS ANGELES: The nine great apes at the San Diego Zoo – four oranges and five bonobos – made veterinary history in recent weeks, as the world’s first non-human primers known to have been vaccinated against Kovid-19, the zoo. Officials said on Thursday.
One of the recipients was a 28-year-old female Sumatrang orangutan named Karen who made headlines at the zoo when she became the first woman to undergo open-heart surgery in 1994.
Zoo spokesperson Darla Davis said in an email to Reuters, each of the nine animals originally received two doses for dogs and cats, designed for dogs and cats, with no adverse reactions from the apes .
Zoo officials proceeded in January with shots about concerns about the wellbeing of animals after a troop of eight gorillas left the San Diego Zoo Safari Park affiliated with Kovid-19, the first known transmission of the virus to the great Marked the rays.
Davis said the eight-year-old gorilla, including a 48-year-old male “silverback” named Winston, who suffers from pneumonia and heart disease, has fully recovered.
Winston was treated with a wide variety of drugs, including coronovirus antibody therapy for non-humans.
Gorillas were not vaccinated because veterinarians assumed that their immune system had already developed antibodies to the virus. He felt that the disease had been caught by an asymptomatic staff member.
The oranges and bonobos selected for vaccination were among the great apes of the zoo, considered the most at risk of catching the virus and the easiest to vaccinate. The staff injected the animals with a needle and distracted them.
Davis said zoo staff began giving shots to some animals in January and continued until February, with the last few in March.
The vaccine developed by veterinary pharmaceutical company Zoitis was not tested on apes. But cross-species use at the zoo is not uncommon, and apes at the zoo receive human flu and measles vaccines, which according to the San Diego Wildlife Alliance’s Chief Conservation and Wildlife Officer, the organization that owns the zoo and safari park is.
He said that the nine great apes were the first non-human primates to receive a Kovid-19 vaccine of any kind.

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