Tiger Gets Coronavirus
A tiger in the Bronx zoo in New York is reportedly the first known case of animal infected with Covid-19. The tiger is a four-year-old Malayan tiger named Nadia. Six other lions and tigers in the zoo have also shown symptoms but have not been tested. They are believed to have been infected by a zoo employee who wasn’t showing symptoms.
The first animal started showing symptoms on March 27th, the zoo has been closed to the public since March 16th due to the surging coronavirus outbreak in New York. All the animals are coping well and are expected to make a full recovery.
First Case Of Animal Infection
Paul Calle, the chief veterinarian at the zoo said, “This is the first time that any of us know of anywhere in the world that a person infected the animal and the animal got sick,”
The zoo said in a statement, “We tested the cat [Nadia] out of an abundance of caution and will ensure any knowledge we gain about Covid-19 will contribute to the world’s continuing understanding of this novel coronavirus,”
It is not known how the virus will affect and develop in the lions and tigers yet. This is because different species react differently to new infections. The animals will continue to be closely monitored.
Coronavirus And Pets
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) there is no evidence that pets such as cats and dogs can spread Covid-19. However, they also advise pet owners to wash their hands after contact with pets. This can also protect against other common bacteria such as E.coli and Salmonella. Both E.coli and Salmonella can pass from pets to humans.
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