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Tigers in Bronx Zoo have the virus

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SarahInAccounts Mon 06-Apr-20 10:22:38

A four-year-old female Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The tiger, named Nadia, is believed to be the first known case of an animal infected with Covid-19 in the US.

The Bronx Zoo, in New York City, says the test result was confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Iowa.

Nadia, along with six other big cats, is thought to have been infected by an asymptomatic zoo keeper.

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Worrying development.

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VenusStarr Mon 06-Apr-20 10:25:10

That is very worrying

Deelish75 Mon 06-Apr-20 10:41:43

It is disturbing, so much about this virus is still unknown. My understanding is they still don’t know if the cats or any other animals can pass it back to humans.

kateclarke Mon 06-Apr-20 10:59:44

It’s very worrying.

Also, who took the swab, Joe Exotic? You wouldn’t get me putting that stuff down a tigers nose.

TheTiaraManager Mon 06-Apr-20 23:13:21

Very worrying

Stella8686 Mon 06-Apr-20 23:16:25

A cat had it in Europe last week

Siameasy Mon 06-Apr-20 23:27:27

Worrying because- do keepers get that close to tigers? I mean I practically snog my cat but might be a bit less amorous with a tiger. So it’s extremely infectious

TheTiaraManager Tue 07-Apr-20 07:17:11

@Stella8686 was that a big cat or domestic cat?

BovaryX Tue 07-Apr-20 07:22:39

There is no evidence whatsoever that felines can transmit the virus to humans. But as a consequence of reports such as this, many pet cats are being abandoned or killed. For no reason. This lethal virus and its malign effects.

PenguinBarnotBird Tue 07-Apr-20 07:25:32

It was a domestic cat in Belgium as far as I remember.... agree it’s very worrying if cats can pass this back to humans

BovaryX Tue 07-Apr-20 07:27:44


agree it’s very worrying if cats can pass this back to humans

There is zero evidence that cats can transmit this to humans

PenguinBarnotBird Tue 07-Apr-20 12:53:40

@BovaryX the tigers caught it from the zookeeper I think? So it only goes one way?

BovaryX Tue 07-Apr-20 13:31:10

Apparently so. There is zero evidence of cats transmitting it to humans None.

BovaryX Tue 07-Apr-20 13:33:45

Actually I think people have more reason to worry about plastic, than tigers. Apparently, the virus can survive on plastic surfaces for days. Plastic is ubiquitous. Tigers? Not so much....

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