The tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York is thought to be the first case of infection in animals in the United States as well as in tigers around the world.
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the zoo’s Bronx zoo, said on April 5 that Nadia, a Malay tiger positive for the virus, was coughing but was expected to recover soon, according to AP.
The 4-year-old female tiger, as well as the other six tigers and lions also got sick, is thought to be transmitted by a zoo employee “infected with the virus but without showing symptoms”, according to the US Department of Agriculture.
The zoo said the first animal began showing symptoms on March 27, while the zoo was closed to the public on March 16.
“Although they have shown to some degree anorexia, they are fine with medical care, and are still alert, active and interacting with zoo staff,” the WCS said.
“It is not yet clear how this disease will progress in large cats as different species respond differently to infection, but we will continue to monitor them closely and expect them to recover. all “.
Zoo officials also say they hope Nadia’s diagnostic results “will ensure that any knowledge we have about Covid-19 will contribute to the world continuing to learn about the new virus strain.” this “.
This also raises new questions about Covid-19 virus infection in animals. The US Department of Agriculture says there are no known cases of livestock or cattle in the United States.
“It is important to reassure pet owners and breeders now that there is no evidence they can spread the virus,” said Jane Rooney, a veterinarian and US Department of Agriculture official.
The world has recorded several cases of animals infected with the corona virus after close contact with an infected person, including a dog in Hong Kong in late February.
The Hong Kong Agricultural Authority concluded that cats and dogs kept at home cannot transmit the virus to humans, but they can be transmitted from their owners.