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April 06, 2020 Monday 03:58:50 PM IST

Covid-19, First Case of Human Transmission to Animal

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The Bronx Zoo in New York City has reported the first case of a Covid-19 Virus spread from humans to animals. The affected animal was a four-year old female Malayan tiger named Nadia. This was confirmed by National Veterinary Services Laboratory in IOWA. The infection was acquired from an asymptomatic zoo keeper. Six other big cats were also diagnosed with Covid-19 as they showed symptoms of dry cough late last month.
The zoo authorities said that the zoo keeper is yet to be identified but the affected animals are all doing well under veterinary care. Nadia's sister Azul as well as two Amur tigers and three African lions showed symptoms of corona. The zoos run by Wildlife Conservation Society in New York City are closed since March 16 to public. 

Source: BBC