The Gorilla Epidemic

Season 5
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When a highly contagious mystery illness spread through the world’s mountain gorilla population, biologists feared the entire species could be lost. Gorillas don’t wear masks or social distance, so there wasn’t much time for the scientists to identify the illness and find a cure for humanity’s hirsute cousins. What they found in 1988 is another example that humans and wildlife share more than a planet: we share disease.

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