It seems that the novel coronavirus can actually hurt animals as well. Previously, it’s been revealed that they cannot get infected, but now, the evidence says otherwise.
Forbes reported that a tiger is the very first non-domesticated animal that tested positive for coronavirus in the US. This is one of the seven big cats at the Bronz Zoo with coronavirus symptomatology.
The female tiger from the Bronx Zoo tested positive according to a statement that’s been released by the Wildlife Conservation Society, a nonprofit organization that oversees the Bronx Zoo.
Animals became sick after being exposed to an employee
The positive test for the novel coronavirus was confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.
“Public health officials believe these large cats became sick after being exposed to a zoo employee who was actively shedding [the] virus”, according to a statement from the USDA.
Experts said that coronavirus infections result from person-to-person transmission.
The zoo officials said that “Our cats were infected by a person caring for them who was asymptomatically infected with the virus or before that person developed symptoms.”
The tiger was tested for the COVID-19 when it developed a dry cough and also a decreased appetite back on March 27. Other tigers developed the symptoms as well, but it’s been revealed that they are all expected to recover.
Restrict contact with your animal if you are sick
“Anyone sick with COVID-19 should restrict contact with animals, out of an abundance of caution, including pets, during their illness, just as they would with other people”, the USDA recently stated.
The novel coronavirus has the whole world terrorized these days, shaking the healthcare systems all over the world and shattering global economies.
This is expected to last some more, and the aftermath is also likely to trigger a recession.
People’s daily lives are governed by fear and uncertainty these days, and we can only hope for treatment and a vaccine as soon as possible.