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Eight big cats test positive for coronavirus in New York Zoo


Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

23rd Apr, 2020. 03:55 pm
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After Tiger tested positive earlier this month, Seven more big cats have coronavirus at New York’s Bronx Zoo.

Wildlife Conservation Society announced that After Tiger tested positive earlier this month, Seven more big cats have coronavirus at New York’s Bronx Zoo.

The nonprofit zoo  said three tigers and three African lions began showing symptoms in early April, when the zoo announced a 4-year-old Malayan tiger named Nadia tested positive.
The six big cats tested and those results now show they also infected. According to the zoo, they had been coughing.
One more tiger, who showed no symptoms, also tested positive.
The zoo said the cats were infected by a staff member who was positive but at the time showed no symptoms.
In response, preventive measures are now in place for staff who are caring for cats across all four zoos run by the nonprofit in the state.
All four closed since mid-March, the nonprofit said.

Nadia tests positive 

Earlier Four-year-old Malayan tiger named Nadia along with her sister Azul, two Amur tigers and three African lions all developed dry coughs.”We tested cat out of an abundance of caution and will ensure any knowledge we gain about COVID-19 will contribute to world’s continuing understanding of coronavirus,”

“It not known how this disease will develop in big cats since different species can react differently to novel infections,

But we will continue to monitor them closely and anticipate full recoveries.”

All four of the zoos and the aquarium in New York – whose virus death toll topped 4,000 closed since March 16 2020.

The zoo emphasized that “no evidence that animals play a role in the transmission of COVID-19 to people other than the initial event in Wuhan market,

And no evidence that any person has been infected with COVID-19 in the US by animals, including by pet dogs or cats.”

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