Gorilla treated for valley fever at LA zoo

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Updated: 6/20/2014 10:33 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jabari, a western lowland gorilla living at the Los Angeles Zoo, is on the mend after receiving treatment for a severe case of valley fever.

The Los Angeles Times says Jubari has had the infection for about three years and had lost about a fifth of his body weight.

But after giving the great ape a checkup on Thursday, vets say he has regained much of that weight, and is back up to a relatively normal 360 pounds.

Several months ago the 16-year-old Jabari was put on posaconazole, a potent and expensive medication that he washes down with grape juice. He may end up taking it for the rest of his life, at a cost of roughly $17,000 a month.

Valley fever is a fungal disease similar to pneumonia.

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