Tiger tested coronavirus positive
April 6th, 2020 at 1:20 pm
Tiger tested coronavirus positive

International desk – Zoo authorities have tested a four-year old female Malayan tiger positive for the coronavirus in the Bronx of New York City in the United States.

A BBC report says the tiger, named Nadia, is believed to be the first known case of an animal infected with Covid-19 in the US.

The Zoo officials say the test result was confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Iowa.

Covid-19 outbreak

Nadia, along with six other big cats, is thought to have been infected by an asymptomatic zoo keeper.

The cats started showing symptoms, including a dry cough, late last month after exposure to the employee, who has not been identified.

“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,” Paul Calle, the chief veterinarian at the zoo, was quoted to have said by a agency on Sunday.

The authorities will share the findings with other zoos and institutions researching the transmission of Covid-19, according to Calle.