(NEXSTAR) – An unspecified variety of otters have examined optimistic for COVID-19 at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.
A handful of Asian small-clawed otters have been examined for COVID on the aquarium after they started exhibiting COVID signs, together with sneezing, runny noses, and gentle lethargy. Some started coughing, the aquarium stated in a Fb put up.
“They’re off-exhibit and being cared for behind-the-scenes by our professional animal well being and care groups,” the aquarium stated.
The aquarium suspects the otters contracted the an infection from “an asymptomatic workers member,” regardless of taking additional security precautions, and pressured that animal to human transmission is “extremely uncommon.”
The otters shouldn’t have direct contact with visitors.
This isn’t the primary time animals have examined optimistic for COVID-19. In January, a number of gorillas on the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in California examined optimistic for coronavirus in what was believed to be the primary recognized circumstances amongst primates within the U.S. and presumably the world.
It appeared that the an infection got here from a member of the park’s wildlife care staff who additionally examined optimistic for the virus however was asymptomatic and wore a masks always across the gorillas.
The gorillas have been handled for his or her signs and made a full restoration, the park stated.
The Related Press contributed to this report.
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