Several years back, a healthy group of wild chimpanzees at the Kibale National Park in Uganda somehow contracted the common cold virus, rhinovirus C, and 5 of them have died.
Researchers from the Madison’s School of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin, have investigated the unusual outbreak that occurred in 2013, and now they have published their findings in the “Emerging Infectious Diseases” journal.
Rhinovirus C Is a virus that causes respiratory disease in humans. Young children and elderly people with compromised immune systems have the most severe reactions to this virus. Until now, nobody knew that this virus can affect other species than humans.
The research showed that these chimps apparently have been genetically predisposed to have troubles with this virus. After examining the DNA of the affected chimps, they discovered that every one of them had specific receptors that made their cells sensitive and susceptible to the rhinovirus C.
Read about the rest of the research and their findings on the following link: https://goo.gl/1ppg8p