On August 28, the trackers in Volcanoes National Park announced that Agashya, who is the prominent silverback of the Agashya group, was actually coughing however he was not doing badly. The Gorilla Doctors inspected him frequently and discovered he was active and ok in spite of a cold. Later on 8th of the very month, another gorilla within the group, was discovered coughing by the trackers. 4 days afterwards, Elisabeth Nyirakaragire the Veterinary Warden of Volcanoes National Park reported that 4 additional gorillas were suffering from respiratory disease. In particular, Isano was fatigued, consequently Elisabeth asked for a veterinary examination.
On 14th September the Agashya group had 6 gorillas coughing among which were Dusangire, Gasozikeza, Gusura, Agashya, Ubudehe as well as Isano. Gasozikeza was actually coughing very much, compared to the others; however he was feeding as well as tinkering with Gusura, Dusangire plus Ubudehe. Isano was also coughing although was lively and moving together with the rest of the group. Trackers stated he had become better. Agashya, who previously was coughing for 3 weeks, remained coughing; however he was feeding as well as moving effectively. Not one of the gorillas looked really sick.
On 18th September among the group Gasozikeza, Ubutware,Turiho,Ubudehe as well as Isano were actually still coughing, however still behaving normally. For that reason it was decided that these cases weren’t serious to warrant an treatment. Outbreaks of Respiratory diseases are generally due to a self-restricting viral infection. At times gorillas having viral infections obtain a additional bacterial infection and turn into serious illness. In such cases the doctors get involved by offering antibiotics to assist the gorillas recuperate.
On 25th September it was observed that 6 gorillas continued coughing among which were Intambwe, Intambwe, Intango, Ubutwari, Inkundwa, as well as Turiho . Among the Eleven gorillas that were affected at this point, Ingabo, Isano, Gusura, Agashya plus Ubudehe, appear to have well recovered. The young Ubutwari was alsocoughing quiet a lot as well as picking at his nose, however he was walking with Agashya and also feeding well. Regardless of accounts that Intango seemed to be not using at all her left-arm, she appeared well and was actually moving with the two arms.
Trackers continue to observe the gorillas to gather information about their general health status as always and gather the stool of the unwell gorillas so that the veterinaries can try to discover the pathogen triggering this outbreak.