In what is believed to be the first known case of infection from a human being to an animal in the United States or any parts of the world, a New York’s Bronx Zoo tiger named Nadia has tested positive for COVID-19.
Nadia who is a four-year old Malayan tiger is said to be among a group of six other animals that got sick, the Wildlife Conservation Society which manages the zoo revealed.
“She was screened for COVID-19 after developing a dry cough along with three other tigers and three lions,” they said.
COVID-19 has been believed to spread from animals to humans according to tests that were available so far. The unique case of Nadia could be a new twist to the nature of the virus and how it spreads.
The Chief Veterinarian of the Bronx Zoo, Paul Calle said that the zoo is not aware which employee could have infected the tiger.
“This is the first time that any of us know of anywhere in the world that a person infected an animal and the animal got sick,” he said.
Dr Calle also revealed that the COVID-19 test that was performed on the Malayan tiger Nadia was performed in a veterinary school laboratory and is not the same test as is used for people.