A cougar has examined optimistic for the coronavirus, the primary such occasion in the USA. And a tiger on the identical Texas facility that displays wild animals additionally examined optimistic, the Department of Agriculture said on Wednesday.
After a number of cats on the facility, which the division didn’t identify, started coughing and wheezing, the ability took samples for testing.
The Nationwide Veterinary Providers Laboratory confirmed the an infection within the two cats. Whereas a number of tigers in the USA have caught the virus, together with lions, snow leopards and lots of home cats, this was the primary report of a cougar.
The animals have gentle signs and are anticipated to get well, based on the announcement, as produce other zoo cats which were contaminated with the virus.
Canine, mink and gorillas have additionally caught the coronavirus in the USA. The Agriculture division keeps a list, updated weekly, of all confirmed tests.
Farmed mink contaminated with the virus have handed it to people in some circumstances, which precipitated Denmark to cull its whole farmed mink inhabitants, about 17 million. There isn’t a proof of home or zoo animals passing the virus to people, and recommendation from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention largely issues how individuals who have Covid-19 should avoid infecting their pets.