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Nadia, the 4-12 months-outdated Malayan tiger that examined positive, was screened for the COVID-19 illness after growing a dry cough together with three different tigers and three lions, the Wildlife Conservation Society, which manages the zoo, mentioned in a press release. All of the cats are anticipated to get well, it mentioned.
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The virus that causes COVID-19 is believed to have unfold from animals to people, and a handful of animals have examined positive in Hong Kong.
But officers imagine this can be a distinctive case as a result of Nadia turned sick after publicity to an asymptomatic zoo worker, Paul Calle, chief veterinarian on the Bronx Zoo, advised Reuters. Calle mentioned they didn’t know which worker contaminated the tiger.
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“This is the first time that any of us know of anywhere in the world that a person infected the animal and the animal got sick,” Calle mentioned, including that they deliberate to share the findings with different zoos and establishments. “Hopefully we will all have a better understanding as a result.”
While the opposite tigers and lions have been additionally exhibiting signs, the zoo determined to check solely Nadia as a result of she was the sickest and had began to lose her urge for food, and they didn’t need to topic all of the cats to anesthesia, Calle mentioned.
“The tigers and lions weren’t terribly sick,” he mentioned.
Nadia underwent X-rays, an ultrasound and blood tests to strive to determine what was ailing her. They determined to check for COVID-19 given the surge in circumstances in New York City, the epicenter of the outbreak within the United States.
The first tiger on the zoo, which has been shut since mid-March, started displaying indicators of sickness on March 27, in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Veterinary Services Laboratories, which carried out the check.