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the Virus is also a threat to our closest living relatives, a printer 25 experts and representatives of the organization Great Ape Health Consortium in an open letter in the journal Nature.
They ask all the country’s authorities, dyrevernere, researchers and turistindustrier to do everything they can to reduce the risk that the great apes are exposed to the infection.
Many species are already threatened by deforestation and poachers, and scientists fear that a virus outbreak may cause more of them closer to extinction.
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It is currently not known how Covid-19 will turn out in monkeys, but the researchers shows that also mild diseases can have moderate to serious consequences if they are transmitted from humans to monkeys.
Infectious diseases are considered as one of the three greatest threats to individual apetyper.
– We do not know what effect the virus has on them, and it means that we must take precautions and reduce the risk that they get it. It means to stop tourism, slowing research and possibly stop infrastructure and other projects in habitats where humans come in contact with monkeys, said professor Serge Wich from the John Moore university in Liverpool to the BBC.
Previous research has shown that chimpanzees can get common colds, and ebolaviruset has probably taken the lives of several thousand chimpanzees and gorillas in Africa.
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the Staff at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest in Washington state in the united STATES use masks and gloves to protect the animals.
Photo: David Ryder / Reuters Closes national parks
the Researchers believe more countries need to consider to shut down the national parks, reserves and zoos. Several national parks are already closed for the tourists and researchers in the Congo and Rwanda.
the Pandemic is critical for people. It is also a potentially great threat to the great apes. There is a lot at stake for those who are in danger of becoming extinct, ” says Thomas Gillespie at Emory university in the united STATES to The Guardian.
He is one of the experts who had written in the open letter, and says among other things, he fears that young people without symptoms can get into national parks in Africa and Asia, and infection of monkeys without knowing about it.
The latest advice from the World’s naturvernunion (IUCN) is that the physical distance between humans and great apes should be increased from 7 to 10 metres, and that no one who is sick or has been in contact with someone who is sick the last two weeks should get the visit the apes.
the National park in the Virunga mountains in Rwanda is one of several that are closed to visitors until 1. June.
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