Jack Guy, CNN, 16 Feb 2021
Tourists who take selfies with wild mountain gorillas could put the
primates at risk of developing Covid-19, according to new research.
Scientists from Oxford Brookes University, England, looked at hundreds of
Instagram posts from people visiting the animals in East Africa and found
most tourists were close enough to gorillas to spread viruses and
diseases, according to a press release from the university on Tuesday.
"The risk of disease transmission between visitors and gorillas is very
concerning," said study lead author Gaspard Van Hamme, an Oxford Brookes
University alumnus who started work on the study during his masters
"It is vital that we strengthen and enforce tour regulations to ensure
gorilla trekking practices do not further threaten these already imperiled