This weekend, a tiger at a New York City zoo tested positive for COVID-19. The 4-year-old tiger, called Nadia, is thought to be the animal with the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the United States.
In all, seven big cats developed a dry cough. All animals are under veterinary care and doing well. Zoo officials believe that the cats were infected by an asymptomatic member of staff.
In a statement, the United States Department of Agriculture write, “Anyone sick with COVID-19 should restrict contact with animals, out of an abundance of caution, including pets, during their illness, just as they would with other people. Although there have not been reports of pets becoming sick with COVID-19 in the United States, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. If a sick person must care for a pet or be around animals, they should wash their hands before and after the interaction.”