A tiger on the Bronx Zoo has examined optimistic for the brand new coronavirus, in what’s believed to be the primary identified an infection in an animal within the U.S. or a tiger anyplace, federal officers and the zoo stated Sunday.
The four-year-old Malayan tiger named Nadia — and 6 different tigers and lions which have additionally fallen ailing — are believed to have been contaminated by a zoo worker who wasn’t but exhibiting signs, the zoo stated.
The primary animal began exhibiting signs March 27, and all are doing properly and anticipated to get well, stated the zoo, which has been closed to the general public since March 16 amid the surging coronavirus outbreak in New York.
The take a look at consequence surprised zoo officers: “I could not imagine it,” director Jim Breheny stated. However he hopes the discovering can contribute to the worldwide battle towards the virus that causes COVID-19.
“Any type of data that we get on the way it’s transmitted, how completely different species react to it, that data by some means goes to offer a larger base useful resource for individuals,” he stated in an interview.
The discovering raises new questions on transmission of the virus in animals. The U.S. Division of Agriculture, which confirmed Nadia’s take a look at consequence at its veterinary lab, says there aren’t any identified circumstances of the virus in U.S. pets or livestock.
“There does not seem like, right now, any proof that means that the animals can…