A 4-year-old tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York has tested positive for the new coronavirus, along with three other tigers and three lions with a dry cough, according to a statement from the Wildlife Conservation Society, according to a statement from the Wildlife Conservation Society. This is the first known confirmed case of tiger infection with the new coronavirus.
“Nadia, a 4-year-old female Malaya tiger at the Bronx Zoo, tested positive for the new coronavirus,” the statement read. As a precaution, we tested the feline and will ensure that any knowledge we have about the new coronavirus will help the world continue to understand the virus. “
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Service Laboratory confirmed the results. According to the Wildlife Conservation Society, the cats were infected with the virus from a non-symptomatic infection paramedic.
Six other large cats — three tigers and three lions — also showed signs of the new coronary virus. Their appetite decreased, but they remained smart, alert and interacted with the keeper.
New York is now the worst-hit state in the United States, with more than 2,200 deaths.
A pre-published study published April 1 in bioRxiv showed that cats can become cisterns of disease by infecting each other with SARS-CoV-2. Even so, experts warn people not to panic about pets.
Trevor Drew, director of the Australian Animal Health Laboratory, said: “There is very little evidence that companion animals are infected. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reiterates this view, but recommends that further research be needed to understand how animals are affected by the new coronavirus.