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 The primates in the Benidorm Theme Park Terra Natura are preparing for the winter season just like humans and are dosing up on vitamin C to help prevent colds and the flu that are common at this time of year.prevenciongripe2

Staff at Terra Natura are giving Vitamin C supplements to the primates and will continue to do so until the end of March next year, when the risk of flu and the common cold is less virulent.

Primates are susceptible to the same germs that cause colds and flu in humans. The symptoms are even the same, runny nose, sneezing, cough, sore throat and even fever.

White- handed gibbons (Hylobates Iar) , siamangs (Hylobates syndactylus), capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella), squirrel monkeys (Saimiri boliviensis) and six other species of titi living in the park, will be given vitamin C Supplements  administered in drops,  added to their porridge .

Special treats will also be given containing vitamins to help boost their immune system, so the monkeys should be strong enough to fight off any viruses.

If any of them do catch a cold, treatment is the same as with humans, medication to reduce the fever, cough and mucus, along with plenty of fluids. If there is no improvement, anitbotics may be administered. prevenciongripe3

To ensure the well being of the mammals if any of the staff have a cold they will use gloves and masks to prevent infection.




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