After 13 gorillas were found to be infected with COVID-19 at Atlanta zoo, another such case has return to the fore, where eight big cats were tested positive with the deadly virus in another USA zoo.
In Saint Louis zoo, 2 African lions, 2 snow leopards, 2 jaguars, Amur tiger and a puma have tested positive for coronavirus, according to local media.
All the infected animals had mild symptoms, though some had a cough and nasal discharge in addition, the zoo said. Most of the infected cats showed no signs of sickness, however many had a decreased appetite and were less active for short periods of time.
“As in humans, we might expect that full protection against this virus wouldn’t be developed until a couple of weeks after the second injection in a series,” news agency AP quoted Dr Sathya Chinnadurai, the zoo’s director of animal health, as saying.
The eruption was limited to outbreak cats as one of the other 12,000 animals in the zoo have tested positive, the local newspaper reported .
Staff are yet to trace the supply of the infection among the cats. Notably, all the zoo workers are absolutely vaccinated.
Zoo officers said that each one of the cats received 2 doses of the coronavirus vaccine that’s bespoken for the animals. The 2 doses were administered during a roughly three-week amount that began September 30, but the cats were probably exposed between doses.
As of Thursday, at least 50 animals had received each coronavirus vaccine doses, while an additional 42 had received one dose.
In September, at least 13 western lowland gorillas seem to have tested positive for COVID-19, said Atlanta’s zoo in the USA. It includes Ozzie , the oldest male gorilla
Similarly in United Kingdom, a pet dog tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday. It’s being said that the pet, who is recovering at home, caught the virus from its owner.
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