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San Diego: Several gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have tested positive for the coronavirus in what is believed to be the first known cases among such primates in the U.S. and possibly the world. The park’s executive director, Lisa Peterson, said eight gorillas that live together are believed to have the virus, and several have been coughing. It appears the infection came from a member of the wildlife care team who has been asymptomatic and wore a mask at all times around the gorillas. Wildlife experts have expressed concern about the virus infecting the endangered species that share 98.4% of their DNA with humans.