A cougar has examined constructive for the coronavirus, the primary such occasion in the USA. And a tiger on the similar Texas facility that displays wild animals additionally examined constructive, the Division of Agriculture stated on Wednesday.
After a number of cats on the facility, which the division didn’t title, 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, in response to the announcement, as produce other zoo cats which have been contaminated with the virus.
Canine, mink and gorillas have additionally caught the coronavirus in the USA. The Agriculture division retains an inventory, up to date weekly, of all confirmed checks.
Farmed mink contaminated with the virus have handed it to people in some instances, which brought on Denmark to cull its total farmed mink inhabitants, about 17 million. There isn’t any 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 ought to keep away from infecting their pets.