The San Diego Zoo announced on Monday that a state-of-the-art gorilla is recovering from a serious Kovid-19 condition, which is being treated with state-of-the-art synthetic antibodies.
Veterinarians now identify which animals inject the limited supply of vaccines available at the zoo.
Winston, 48, was one of several gorillas from the “San Diego Ju Safari Park” who tested positive for Kovid-19 on January 11 after a study based on fecal samples.
This was the first known case of the natural spread of the virus to large primates, and it is suspected that this occurred due to contact with an asymptomatic worker despite the use of personal protective equipment.
The group of gorillas remained under surveillance after diagnosis, and some animals showed symptoms such as mild cough, congestion, runny nose, and lethargy attacks.
Due to his advanced age, his symptoms, and concern for underlying conditions, Winston was examined under anesthesia.
The veins confirmed that he had pneumonia and heart disease and began treatment that included heart medications, antibiotics and monoclonal antibody therapy.
Monoclonal antibodies are a laboratory-produced version of the body’s natural proteins that fight infection and are administered by intravenous infusion.
The use of monoclonal antibodies against Kovid-19 has been approved in the United States. The treatment was used on the former president Donald Trump.
The treatment of the Winston gorillas, however, came from a supply that was not permitted for human use, according to the statement.
“The veterinary team that treated Winston believes the antibodies may have contributed to his ability to ward off the virus,” he said.