Nadia, a tiger at New York’s Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the COVID-19 in New York, revealed the zoo authority on Sunday. It is being considered that the tiger may have been affected by the virus from a caretaker who was asymptomatic at that time. The four-year-old Malayan tiger along with his sister Azul and six other big cats developed dry coughs at the zoo.
The Wildlife Conservation Society that runs the city’s zoos said in a statement, they all are expected to fully recover. The chief veterinarian for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo explained to the Reuters the regimen that was helping them to improve on a daily basis. “A little TLC by the keepers taking care of them, some anti-inflammatory medications,” he said.
Three lions and other four tigers are also being given antibiotics. All of the animals had “mild” illness and officials are expecting they will soon recover. Nadia was diagnosed only after when it stopped eating. The zoo officials gave anesthesia to Nadia to diagnose her.
Veterinary schools at Cornell University and the University of Illinois tested its sample swabs of her nose and throat and tracheal fluid from her lungs. Calle says the university doesn’t use the scarce resources for human testing.
The deadly virus is believed to have spread from animals to humans. However, a few animals have tested positive for the virus in Hong Kong. Naida becomes the first animal who has been infected with coronavirus from humans. The case is unique, as Nadia became sick after exposure to an asymptomatic zoo employee.
“There have been some test results in dogs and cats, but they were either healthy or it wasn’t clear that COVID was the cause of the illness,” Calle said. The employee has not been identified so far who affected the tiger.