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Seven more big cats at the Bronx Zoo have tested positive for coronavirus. This follows the announcement earlier in the month that a tiger at the zoo had tested positive.
Four tigers and three African lions have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the zoo. Nadia, the four-year-old Malayan tiger, was the first diagnosis at the zoo. Zoo keepers became concerned when Nadia developed a dry cough and showed other coronavirus symptoms.
The zoo reports that all cats have recovered and are acting normally. Coughing has also reduced in each cat.
According to the zoo, they believe that the cats caught the virus from an asymptomatic employee.
The zoo has put preventative measures in place to ensure the disease doesn’t spread to other animals.
Authorities in Hong Kong have confirmed that humans cannot transmit the virus from animals, but that humans could transmit the virus to their pets.
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Scientists believe that the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus, started at an exotic animal market in Wuhan, China.
You can help stop the incidence of viruses like these by signing this petition to ban the wildlife trade.
This article was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 24 April 2020.
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