Tiger Bronx Zoo Test Positive of COVID19
Tiger Bronx Zoo, a four-year-old Malaysian tiger at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for coronavirus.
A tiger at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for the novel coronavirus—and six other big cats are exhibiting symptoms consistent with the illness https://t.co/fCeJX8AZYX
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Tiger called Nadia
The tiger called Nadia, is the first known case of an animal infected with Covid-19 in the United States.
Nadia, a 4-year-old Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York tested positive for coronavirus. This is the first known instance of a tiger being infected, the USDA says. https://t.co/dTjZjVSlib pic.twitter.com/mj9dI1A4sL
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Bronx Zoo Confirmed the Test
The Bronx Zoo in New York says the test result was confirmed by the Iowa National Veterinary Services Laboratory.
Other Six Infectious
Nadia, along with six other cats, was infected by an asymptomatic zoo. Cats began to show symptoms, including a dry cough, at the end of last month after exposure to the employee, who was not identified.
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Paul Calle the Chief veterinarian at the Zoo
“It is the first time that any of us know anywhere in the world that a person infects the animal and that the animal gets sick,” said veterinarian Paul Calle, a veterinarian, on Sunday. head of the zoo.
There have been isolated cases of pets testing positive for coronavirus in other parts of the world, but experts pointed out that there was no evidence that they could get sick or spread the disease.
Calle said he plans to share the results with other zoos and institutions studying Covid-19 transmission.
“We tested the cat [Nadia] very carefully and will make sure that all the knowledge we have acquired about Covid-19 contributes to the global understanding of this new coronavirus,” the zoo said in a statement.
Tiger Nadia and her Sister have Symptoms
Her Blue sister Nadia, as well as two Amur tigers and three African lions that have shown symptoms, are expected to recover completely, the zoo said.
The big cats have had some decrease in appetite, but “they are doing well under veterinary care and are bright, alert and interactive with their caregivers,” he said.
The zoo said it is not known how the virus will develop in animals such as tigers and lions, as several species may react differently to new infections, but all animals will be monitored closely.
None of the zoo’s other big cats – four other tigers, snow leopards, cheetahs, a cloudy leopard, an Amur leopard, a puma and a servant – show no signs of illness.
“Our cats were infected by a caregiver who was asymptomatic with the virus or before that person developed symptoms,” said the zoo.
All tigers showing symptoms were housed in the Tiger Mountain area of the zoo. It is not clear whether the others will be tested.
Wildlife Conservation Society Close Four Zoos
The four zoos run by the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York, including the Bronx Zoo, have been closed to the public since March 16. New measures will be taken to protect animals and their breeders in all facilities.