Coronavirus: Bronx Zoo tiger tests positive for COVID-19

Clay Curtis
April 7, 2020

The USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratory confirmed one positive Covid-19 test for Nadia, a 4-year-old female Malayan tiger, but it was unclear if additional test results were pending for other animals. Nadia is the only animal to be tested, according to the USDA. "She, her sister Azul, two Amur tigers, and three African lions had developed a dry cough and all are expected to recover".

According to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, coronaviruses that infect animals can sometimes be spread to people, but the cases are rare.

WCS said that the cats were infected by a person caring for them who had COVID-19 but was asymptomatic or had not yet developed symptoms. The Bronx Zoo has been closed since mid-March; the first tiger began showing signs of sickness on March 27, according to the USDA.

A tiger has tested positive for coronavirus.

Research published last week found that cats can catch coronavirus and pass it on to each other, but there is no evidence they can pass it on to humans. There is also concern about animals at other zoos across the U.S.

"Though they have experienced some decrease in appetite, the cats at the Bronx Zoo are otherwise doing well under veterinary care and are bright, alert, and interactive with their keepers". There are no reports of pets becoming sick by having contact with people with the coronavirus in the US, and there is no evidence of people catching the virus from animals, officials say.

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The sample was analyzed at the University of IL and Cornell University, and the presumptive positive finding confirmed at a U.S. Department of Agriculture lab in Iowa. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said there are no known cases of the virus in U.S. pets or livestock.

While there is no evidence yet that animals can transmit the disease, we hope the virus is contained soon before it severely affects wildlife.

"There have been no reports of pets or livestock becoming ill with COVID-19 in the US, and only four reported cases in the world of dogs and cats testing positive for the virus".

The CDC advises restricting contact with pets and other animals if you are suspected or confirmed of having COVID-19 - just as you're advised to stay away from other people. Wash your hands after handling animals, their food, waste or supplies - that will protect you from a variety of germs that animals carry.

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