A tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York has been diagnosed for the respiratory illness brought on by the novel coronavirus, in the first recognized case of a human infecting an animal and making it sick, the zoo’s chief veterinarian stated on Sunday.
Nadia, the 4-year-old Malayan tiger that tested positive, was screened for the COVID-19 illness after developing a dry cough together with three other tigers and three lions, the Wildlife Conservation Society, which manages the zoo, mentioned in a statement. All of the wildcats are expected to recover, it stated.
The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is believed to have spread from animals to humans, and a few animals have tested positive in Hong Kong.
However, delegates consider this is a distinctive case because Nadia became sick after exposure to an asymptomatic zoo employee, Paul Calle, a chief veterinarian at the Bronx Zoo, said. Calle stated they did not know which worker infected the tiger.
While the other wildcats were also showing symptoms, the zoo determined to test only Nadia as a result of she was the sickest and had begun to lose her appetite, and they didn’t need to subject all the wildcats to anesthesia, Calle stated.
Nadia underwent X-rays, an ultrasound and blood tests to try to figure out what was ailing her. They determined to check for COVID-19, given the surge in cases in New York City, the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S.