A cougar has examined optimistic for the coronavirus, the primary such occasion in america. And a tiger on the similar Texas facility that displays wild animals additionally examined optimistic, the Division of Agriculture stated on Wednesday.
After a number of cats on the facility, which the division didn’t identify, started coughing and wheezing, the power took samples for testing.
The Nationwide Veterinary Providers Laboratory confirmed the an infection within the two cats. Whereas a number of tigers in america 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 delicate signs and are anticipated to get better, in keeping with the announcement, as produce other zoo cats which have been contaminated with the virus.
Canines, mink and gorillas have additionally caught the coronavirus in america. The Agriculture division retains a listing, up to date weekly, of all confirmed exams.
Farmed mink contaminated with the virus have handed it to people in some instances, which induced Denmark to cull its total farmed mink inhabitants, about 17 million. There is no such thing as a proof of home or zoo animals passing the virus to people, and recommendation from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention largely considerations how individuals who’ve Covid-19 ought to keep away from infecting their pets.