US: A Tiger at NYC’S Bronx Zoo tests positive for COVID-19

Zoo officials announced on Sunday afternoon, a 4-year-old Malayan tiger, named Nadia has tested positive for coronavirus. Even six other large cats have developed a dry cough. They are believed to have been infected by a zoo employee. Chief Veterinarian of Bronx Zoo made a statement – ‘It’s the first report of a wild tiger being affected by COVID-19 disease from a person’.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said samples from the tiger tested positive for coronavirus were taken. They were evaluated after several other cats and lions at the Bronx Zoo showed symptoms of respiratory illness. The officials confirmed Nadia, her sister Azul, three African Lions, and two Amur tigers had also developed symptoms like – dry cough, cold, and decrease in appetite. They all are under strict veterinary care and expected to recover soon.

  • Health officials of USDA recommended regular coronavirus testing of all animals, in zoos or outside, even pets at home.
  • Till now, a large number of animals in the U.S. have been tested through the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories for coronavirus infection. Luckily, all tests showed negative results except Nadia’s.

Apart from the U.S., there are a handful of reports about pet dogs or cats from Hong Kong becoming corona infected after close contact with the general public. Hong Kong authorities assured that the deadly virus couldn’t spread to human beings through pet dogs or cats in any circumstances. Recently, the Senior Health Officials of USDA and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that no pieces of evidence had found that state domestic or wild animals can spread the COVID-19 infection to people.

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