Tiger at Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus

Nadia, a 4-year-old female Malayan tiger, was infected by a zoo employee who was caring for her, raising more questions about the transmission of COVID-19 between humans and animals.
1:23 | 04/06/20

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Now we're going to turn to that tiger in an American zoo that just tested positive for it's the first known infection in an animal in the U.S. Will reeve has the latest on this story. Good morning, will. Reporter: Hey, good morning, Michael. Officials at the bronx zoo noticed the 4-year-old tiger, Nadia, with a cough and some other symptoms on March 27, so they tested her and that test came back positive for they tested her out of an abundance of caution and the chief vet at the zoo was quick to say that humans and animals get a different test so there was no competition for limited resources here. The test on Nadia, the tiger, was done at a veterinary lab and officials at the zoo and the usda believe that Nadia contracted the virus from an infected asymptomatic staffer. That staffer is reportedly doing okay and recovering. Same with Nadia, but there are six other big cats, a couple tigers, a few lions at the bronx zoo who are displaying those same symptoms. Health officials say that there is no evidence that animals pass along the virus to humans but the director of the bronx zoo says that any knowledge of the virus and how it's transmitted will be a resource for people, Michael. This does open up a lot of questions about this transmission, will. Thank you so much for that.

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