A tiger on the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo in New York has examined optimistic for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Nadia, a 4-year-old feminine Malayan tiger, was examined by the USDA’s Nationwide Veterinary Companies Laboratory after she — together with six different cats on the zoo — developed a dry cough, the WCS mentioned in a information launch. They’re all anticipated to get well.
In accordance with CNN, Nadia is the primary identified animal to be contaminated in the USA, in addition to the primary tiger to check optimistic.
“Although they’ve skilled some lower in urge for food, the cats on the Bronx Zoo are in any other case doing nicely underneath veterinary care and are brilliant, alert, and interactive with their keepers,” WCS mentioned. “It isn’t identified how this illness will develop in massive cats since completely different species can react otherwise to novel infections, however we’ll proceed to watch them intently and anticipate full recoveries.”
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In accordance with the group, the cats have been contaminated by a zoo worker who was “asymptomatically contaminated with the virus” whereas caring for them.
“Applicable preventive measures are actually in place for all workers who’re caring for them, and the opposite cats in our 4 WCS zoos, to forestall additional publicity of every other of our zoo cats,” WCS mentioned.
No different animals within the zoo are displaying signs of the virus, in line with WCS. The zoo has been closed to the general public since March 16.
“These are extraordinarily exhausting days for all of us – regardless of the place we dwell and work. We are going to be sure that no matter we will study from these circumstances shall be used to higher perceive and fight this illness,” zoo director Jim Breheny mentioned in an announcement to ABC.
PEOPLE reached out to WCS’ spokespersons, who provided no additional remark.
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