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COVID19: 2 Cats, 4 Tigers And 3 Lions Tests Positive

New York detected two cats that were positive for Covid-19, in addition to four more tigers, three lions in the United States have just been identified with corona virus.

According to United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention USA (CDC), two cats tested positive for the virus in two widely separated areas of the state of New York. They may have infected Covid-19 from residents in the area. The CDC said two cats had breathing problems, but the agency predicted they would recover completely.

Talking about the possibility that SARS-CoV-2 virus can be transmitted from animals to humans, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

"But there is no indication that the SARS-CoV-2 virus can be transmitted from animals to humans."

To date, there are very few animal cases of Covid-19 worldwide. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, a cat in Hong Kong contracted Covid-19 without symptoms, and a cat in Belgium recovered 9 days after becoming ill.

Four tigers and three lions at the Bronx Zoo in New York also tested positive for the virus, including one without a cough, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), an organization nonprofit operating this zoo, said. Earlier, the first tiger infected with the virus here was the Malaysian 4-year-old female tiger.

"Our animals were infected by a staff member infected with an asymptomatic virus or before the person showed symptoms."

 The WCS representative said on April 22. 

"All eight animals are eating well and coughing is greatly reduced."

The United States is currently the largest Covid-19 outbreak in the world with nearly 850,000 infections, more than 470,000 deaths. The state of New York is the most heavily affected in the United States, taking measures to prevent the spread. However, the city government previously said residents need not be afraid that their pets can spread the disease.

"There is no evidence that animals play a role in the transmission of Sars-CoV-2 virus in the United States." 
CDC stated. 

Still, the agency says further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals, including pets, can be affected.

CDC recommends that owners not allow their pets to interact with other people or animals outside the household. Cats should be kept indoors and dogs should be chained, maintaining a distance of at least 1.8 meters from animals and others.

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