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First-known animal has tested positive for COVID-19

First-known animal has tested positive for COVID-19

Author: Wardah Sempa | Sunday 5th April 2020

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A four-year-old tiger housed at New York City's Bronx zoo has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. This will allegedly be the first-known animal in the U.S. to have had the virus.

The tiger, who's name is Nadia, and six other big cats were having dry coughs and were believed to have been infected by an asymptomatic member of the zoo staff. The tiger was tested "out of an abundance" of caution and the animals are reportedly doing well under veterinary care.

According to the Wildlife Conservation Society, the tiger and her sister, along with two other tigers and three lions are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms. The organisation says the test was confirmed by the USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratory.