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Tourists risk giving gorillas deadly diseases when they take selfies


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Tourists risk giving gorillas deadly diseases when they take selfies

Life 20 October 2019 By Clare Wilson Don’t get too closeSven Torfinn/Panos PicturesEco-tourists are getting too close to mountain gorillas, risking passing on potentially deadly human coughs and colds – and the proof is on Instagram. A search of the social media site has turned up hundreds of shots of people closer than the recommended…

Tourists risk giving gorillas deadly diseases when they take selfies


Life



20 October 2019

By Clare Wilson

tourist taking photo of gorilla

Don’t get too close

Sven Torfinn/Panos Pictures

Eco-tourists are getting too close to mountain gorillas, risking passing on potentially deadly human coughs and colds – and the proof is on Instagram.

A search of the social media site has turned up hundreds of shots of people closer than the recommended seven metres away from the apes.

Part of the problem is people seeking the perfect selfie to post online, says Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka at the Ugandan charity Conservation Through Public Health. “Social media is making the problem worse, for sure.”

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