COVID-19 and Cats: Bronx Zoo Tiger Tests Positive

April 22, 2020 | Biotechnology

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The Bronx Zoo, which opened in 1899, can boast of many milestones during its long and illustrious history. This past weekend, the zoo became the site of another first, when one of its tigers became the first animal to test positive for COVID-19 in the United States.

“This is the first instance of a tiger being infected with COVID-19,” noted the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) statement on the confirmation of COVID-19 in the tiger.

Samples from the tiger were tested after “several lions and tigers at the zoo showed symptoms of respiratory illness.” The first tiger began showing signs of sickness on March 27. The zoo tested only one tiger because, they explained, the collection of samples in big cats requires general anesthesia and the veterinarian “felt it was in the best interest of the animals ... Read more of this in the GEN Blog.

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