The Economic Times
English EditionEnglish Editionहिन्दीગુજરાતી
| 13 July, 2020, 10:55 AM IST | E-Paper
Search
+

In a first, Bronx zoo tiger 'Nadia' tests positive for Covid-19, develops dry cough, loss of appetite

Synopsis

The Bronx zoo said preventative measures were in place for caretakers as well as all cats in the city's zoos.

Covid-19 pandemic: Tiger at New York's Bronx Zoo tests positive
NEW YORK: A tiger at New York's Bronx Zoo has tested positive for Covid-19, the institution said Sunday, and is believed to have contracted the virus from a caretaker who was asymptomatic at the time.

The four-year-old Malayan tiger named Nadia along with her sister Azul, two Amur tigers and three African lions all developed dry coughs and are expected to fully recover, the Wildlife Conservation Society that runs the city's zoos said in a statement.

"We tested the cat out of an abundance of caution and will ensure any knowledge we gain about Covid-19 will contribute to the world's continuing understanding of this novel coronavirus," the statement sent to AFP said.

"Though they have experienced some decrease in appetite, the cats at the Bronx Zoo are otherwise doing well under veterinary care and are bright, alert, and interactive with their keepers," the statement continued.

"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."

All four of the zoos and the aquarium in New York -- whose virus death toll has topped 4,000 -- have been closed since March 16.

The zoo emphasised that there is "no evidence that animals play a role in the transmission of Covid-19 to people other than the initial event in the Wuhan market, and no evidence that any person has been infected with Covid-19 in the US by animals, including by pet dogs or cats."

The Bronx zoo said preventative measures were in place for caretakers as well as all cats in the city's zoos.AFP
The Bronx zoo said preventative measures were in place for caretakers as well as all cats in the city's zoos.

Chinese disease control officials had identified wild animals sold in a Wuhan market as the source of the coronavirus pandemic that has infected well over one million people worldwide.

According to the US Department of Agriculture website there had "not been reports of pets or other animals" in the United States falling ill with coronavirus prior to news of the tiger Nadia.

"It is still recommended that people sick with Covid-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus," the department's website says.

In late March a pet cat was discovered infected with the novel coronavirus in Belgium, following similar cases in Hong Kong where two dogs tested positive for Covid-19.

All of those animals are believed to have contracted the virus from the people they live with.

The Bronx zoo said preventative measures were in place for caretakers as well as all cats in the city's zoos.

Covid-19: Ann Sullivan, John Prine & Other Icons The World Lost

Autoplay
1 of 18

Gone Too Soon

The Covid-19 outbreak has changed our world and turned it upside down. Life as we know it, might never be the same again and needless to say, the effects of this pandemic will be felt for decades to come.Not to say that some lives matter more than others, but the outbreak took away some of our beloved icons, trailblazers and trendsetters who had achieved tremendous success in their lifetime and were gone too soon.Here are a few who lost the battle to Covid-19.

3 Comments on this Story

Alison Trafton97 days ago
It says the caretaker was " asymptomatic "at the time. However, why in there no mention that the caretaker was tested and found to be positive? Kinda strange i think...
Amit Prasad97 days ago
Its clear case of Human to Animal transmission or she got it from infected meat or keeper. Seems like covid19 DNA strain is not nature made but human made bio terorrism
Andrian Taw97 days ago
What a pity? Can she stand Covid-19?
Get well soon!