4-year-old Malayan tiger ‘Nadia’ tests positive for COVID-19 at Bronx Zoo in New York City, US; believed to have contracted virus from caretaker; tested after it developed dry cough, lost appetite
New Delhi: Nadia, a 4-year-old Malayan tiger, was screened for COVID-19 after it developed a dry cough at Bronx Zoo in New York City in the US. The Wildlife Conservation Society, which manages the zoo, in its statement said that three other tigers and three lions also developed symptoms. All of the cats are expected to recover.
This is the first known case of a human infecting an animal and making it sick. The virus that causes COVID-19 is believed to have spread from animals to humans. A handful of animals have tested positive in Hong Kong.
According to reports, Nadia is said to have become sick after exposure to an asymptomatic zoo employee. The zoo is yet to identify the employee who infected the tiger.
The zoo decided to test Nadia because she had started to lose her appetite and looked sick. Other animals who are showing symptoms have not been tested because the zoo does not want to subject the other cats to anaesthesia.
Nadia first underwent X-rays, an ultrasound and blood tests and finally COVID-19 test. New York is currently the epicentre of the deadly outbreak of COVID-19.