US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The tigress, who lives in the zoo in the New York region of the Bronx, became infected with a new type of coronavirus, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
Experts believe that the tigress was infected by the employee who looked after her. At the same time, the disease could be asymptomatic or at that time he did not have obvious symptoms of infection.
“Nadia, a four-year-old Malay tigress, has a positive COVID-19 test. The tigress, her sister Azul, two Amur tigers and three African lions began to dry cough, and they are expected to recover,” the statement said.
At the same time, another Amur tiger, who lived next to the infected tigress, had no symptoms of the disease. In addition, experts tested the Malay male tiger, two Amur tigers, as well as leopards, cheetahs, cougars and servals, and concluded that they were all healthy.
The organization has taken preventative measures for all staff that cares for animals, and other cats living in the four zoos of the WCS network.
The Associated Press Agency notes that this is the first known case of animal infection in the United States and the first case of tiger infection in the world.
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Previously reported that, according to a study by scientists at the Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, cats are susceptible to COVID-19. A representative of Belgium ’s anti-crisis coronavirus headquarters said in late March that a case of transmission of a coronavirus from a host to a cat was recorded. Another case of coronavirus was discovered in a cat in Hong Kong , and the host animal was also hospitalized with COVID-19.
State of New York at the moment is at the epicenter of the epidemic in the United States. The number of patients with coronavirus here reached 122 031, 4159 people died.
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