Monkeys can die out due to coronavirus

Coronavirus infection is dangerous not only for humans and tigers but also for some types of primates. About this writes the BBC.

So far, cases of a new type of coronavirus infection in higher primates are not reliably known except for humans, however, all public shelters for monkeys are already closed in the world, and people are strictly forbidden to visit them.

According to the chief veterinarian of the organization “Doctors of the Gorillas” Kirsten Gilardi, higher primates are susceptible to human diseases, and it’s much more difficult to treat them than a person.

Scientists and veterinarians have now begun to study the status of some rare types of monkeys, such as the mountain gorilla, who live only in the forests of Rwanda, Uganda and Congo. Even before the outbreak of coronavirus infection, people had to stay away from monkeys at a distance of up to seven meters. According to the new rules, caretakers and veterinarians only in emergency cases can approach the monkeys, the rest must keep a distance of at least 10 m.

Scientists note that infectious diseases are the third most dangerous problem for monkeys, after the loss of habitat and poaching. For example, the Ebola virus in Africa killed at least several thousand chimpanzees and gorillas.

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