Sputnik News According to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, coronaviruses that infect animals can sometimes be spread to people, but the cases are rare. Previously, it said that it had not received any reports of animals becoming infected with COVID-19 in the United States.
Nadia, a 4-year-old female Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Wildlife Conservation Society said in a statement Sunday.
“This positive COVID-19 test for the tiger was confirmed by USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory, based in Ames, Iowa”, the statement reads. “She, her sister Azul, two Amur tigers, and three African lions had developed a dry cough and all are expected to recover.”
Nadia and the other cats are doing well and are under good medical care, though they are experiencing some decrease in appetite.
“It is 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”, the WCS news release says.