Coronavirus Spreads at the Bronx Zoo: Also in New York, two domestic cats have developed COVID-19 disease, although they are out of danger. The COVID-19 virus spreads at the Bronx Zoo. In addition to the tigress Nadia, officials at the wildlife center have certified that four other tigers have been infected, as well as three African lions.
Coronavirus Spreads at the Bronx Zoo
On April 5, the institution that manages the New York zoo, the Wildlife Conservation Society, reported that a tigress had tested positive for coronavirus, in what was the first known COVID-19 infection of an animal in the United States.
It was a 4-year-old Malaysian tigress, although it was already explained that her sister Azul, two more Siberian tigers, and three African lions had developed a persistent dry cough, awaiting analysis.
Zoo officials have reported Wednesday that four other African tigers and three lions have finally tested positive for coronaviruses. This test has been carried out using a fecal sample so that the animals do not have to be anesthetized, as was the case with the Malaysian tigress.
The Cats Are Fine
All eight cats are doing well, and zoo officials say they are behaving normally, eating well, and their cough has been greatly reduced.
“We will ensure that any knowledge we obtain about COVID-19 will contribute to the world’s continued understanding of this new coronavirus,” Zoo officials have said. “The tests on these cats were done in veterinary laboratories and the resources used were not taken from those used for human testing.”
The animals are still believed to have been infected by a staff member who was asymptomatically infected or who had contact with the animals before developing symptoms.
Two Domestic Cats Positive for Coronavirus
Just today it has emerged that two other felines, in this case, two domestic cats from New York State, have tested positive for coronaviruses, becoming the first cases of pets detected in the United States.
Both animals live in different areas of New York State, the current epicenter of the pandemic not only in the United States but worldwide; They have mild respiratory problems, and are expected to recover soon, according to a statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Laboratories of the National Veterinary Services of the Department of Agriculture.