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We are undoubtedly beginning to see some movement toward normalcy here in America, after having spent over a year conducting a “two-week lockdown” to “flatten the curve”.
It’s been 13 months since the COVID-19 pandemic began in earnest for US citizens, and the advent of a number of effective vaccines seem to be the our ticket out of this mess. Distribution of those jabs is going swimmingly, as well, and the Biden administration was able to open up vaccine legibility to every adult American starting just today.
But that does little for the sick otters at the Georgia Aquarium.
The Georgia Aquarium announced on Sunday that its Asian small-clawed otters tested positive for COVID-19.
While it was unclear how many of the animals had tested positive, officials said in a news release that the otters are already showing signs of improvement and are expected to make “a full recovery.”
“Our Asian small-clawed otters are under very close monitoring by veterinarians and animal care team members,” Dr. Tonya Clauss, vice president of animal and environmental health at Georgia Aquarium, said in a news release. “They have displayed only mild symptoms and we expect them all to make a full recovery. We are providing supportive care as needed so they can eat, rest and recover.”
The aquarium said that the animals posed no risk to humans, however.
“The risk of animal-to-human transmission is incredibly rare,” the news release said. “The Asian small-clawed otters at the Aquarium do not have direct contact with guests and have always been behind acrylic barriers, separating them from guests. The otters will continue to be monitored and once they are no longer positive for COVID-19, it will then be determined when they will go back on exhibit.”
Staff believes that an asymptomatic members of the aquarium team may have spread the virus to the otters, who are currently “behind the scenes” and not in their exhibition area.
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Author: Andrew West
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