This time, A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has been tested positive for the coronavirus. The experts are anticipating the unknown impact and effect of the virus. It is still unriddled how does Coronavirus affect animals including the pets?
Some evidence suggests that novel coronavirus or COVID-19 came from the animal market in Wuhan, China via pangolin or bat. Some Veterinary experts explained it fishy and required moiling research work for understanding the chance of pets infecting their owner.
According to the chief of the Zoological Pathology Program at the University of Illinois’ College of Veterinary Medicine, Karen Terio
“This is an important case because it is a natural infection,”
“But a tiger is different than a domestic cat, and I can’t emphasize that enough.”
After some cases of pets showing symptoms of coronavirus, Bronx Zoo’s case encircles the probability of COVID infection to animals including pets.
According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, A 4-year-old Malayan tiger, Nadia, is believed to be infected by the virus by the caretaker at the Bronx Zoo.
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Nadia and several other tigers and lions at the Bronx Zoo started showing respiratory symptoms. After following the necessary criteria for animal testing and getting approval from animal and public health officials , the tiger was tested , as told by Terio said.
In a further claim, Leyi Wang, a veterinary virologist at the University of Illinois said that the genetic tests of the virus in the cats matched more than 99% of the virus in humans.
“Basically, it’s the same virus,” Leyi Wang said.
It enshrouds the quest to know ” Can Pets catch Coronavirus?”
Cat Tested Positive for Coronavirus in Belgium
According to Brussels Time, a CAT has found infected with COVID in Belgium after being contaminated by the owner. The diagnosis has come just after a week, the cat’s owner caught a deadly virus. The cat was tested soon after recognizing COVID-19 symptoms.
Usually, the cases of the contamination of pets are not so common and Belgian health authorities have ruled out any further risk of the contamination to people from their pets.
The reports of cat tested positive is as similar to the cases found in Hongkong. In Hongkong, while screening was carrying out, 2 dogs tested positive for coronavirus and died later. These dogs were also found to be in contact with the people infected with COVID.
As Steven Van Gucht, a professor told Belgian news “The cat had diarrhea, kept vomiting and had breathing difficulties. The researchers found the virus in the cat’s feces”
In Belgium the cat showed the symptoms of COVID, suffering from digestive and respiratory problems, while in Hong Kong dogs were not showing the COVID 19 symptoms.
According to Belgium’s CNPA (National Council for Animal Protection), pets are not causing any known threat to their owners.
The case is being called an isolated case, which may be occurred after close contact between pets and infected persons. still, there is no iota of scope to claim that animals might be vectors of the deadly virus in the society.
Currently, the information regarding pets was deleted from WHO’s Myth Busters. Still, there are no shreds of evidence heading for the conclusion, that claims the pets transmitting the deadly virus to other pets or humans.
According to the World Organisation for Animal Health, the recommended advice for the owners is to wear a mask while dealing with their pets. Wash their hands with soap before and after touching their pets and avoid close contact with your pets. Stay intact with the standard hygiene rules.