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Tiger at US zoo tests positive for coronavirus

Discussion in 'Personal' started by chelsea2, Apr 6, 2020.

  1. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    Good grief - an unexpected turn.
    Let's hope the virus cannot be passed the other way, and that domestic cats are not affected! :eek:

    A four-year-old female Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the coronavirus.

    The Bronx Zoo, in New York City, says the test result was confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Iowa.

    Nadia, her sister Azul, as well as two Amur tigers and three African lions, had developed a dry cough and all are expected to fully recover, it says.

    The cats are believed to have been infected by a zoo keeper.

    "We tested the cat [Nadia] out of an abundance of caution and will ensure any knowledge we gain about Covid-19 will contribute to the world's continuing understanding of this novel coronavirus," the zoo said in a statement on Sunday.

    The big cats did have some decrease in appetite but "are otherwise doing well under veterinary care and are bright, alert, and interactive with their keepers".
  2. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

  3. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    Was the zookeeper not doing the 2m distancing? How close do they go to the big cats over there?

    Wondering if 2m is enough... It wouldn't be for me and a big cat... not sure 2 miles would be enough!
  4. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    All cats can get this virus.
  5. border_walker

    border_walker Lead commenter

    I read somewhere that both cats and ferrets pass it on but dogs don't.
  6. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    There have been stories of cats getting it right from the very beginning. Its always hard to know whats true though, isn't it.

    I have heard of two supposed cases of pet cats, one in China, one in Uk

    We will have a major problem if rats or foxes can get infectious or pass it on
  7. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    O, I don't know.I find most people who post on here tend to stick to demonstrable facts whereas the less scrupulous might want to resort to alarmism and unsubstantiated tabloid type sensation.As if they were simply making something up to be heard!
    So glad people don't really do that on here.
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  8. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    Great. (On the BBC, so is it "fake news"?)
  9. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    I think the cat stories were also on the BBC. That's not to say the BBC is infallible, but its the source I trust most. I don't really use many others. The guardian, which is the only free "quality" newspaper, although most stories in the guardian can be confirmed on the BBC
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  10. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    Cat owners may wish to be more cautious about contact with their pets, as a study from China has revealed Covid-19 can be transmitted between cats.

    The team, at Harbin Veterinary Research Institute in China, found that cats are highly susceptible to Covid-19 and appear to be able to transmit the virus through respiratory droplets to other cats. Dogs, chickens, pigs and ducks were found to be unlikely to catch the infection, however.

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  11. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    I'm thinking cat owners might have a problem if it is demonstrated cats can spread the virus. Would they be required to keep them indoors?
    If a cat has it can they only give it to other cats, or humans too?
  12. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    There have been isolated instances of pets testing positive for the coronavirus elsewhere in the world, but experts have stressed there is no evidence they can become sick or spread the disease.

    Here is an extract from the BBC report on the tiger, which refers to the earlier reports on cats, which I can't find, although the UK cat was different, as it wasn't tested.The account was that it was the cat of a coronavirus patient, and it showed symptoms for around 10 days, then recovered, as I remember
  13. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    That's me stuffed then. He isn't an "affectionate" cat, but he does get close. I have no idea if he has any contact with other cats, or humans when he goes out.
  14. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    It is a worry, isn't it. I hope they can't spread it
  15. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    At least the cats don’t seem to pass it to humans. It’s us that pass it to them :(.
  16. knitone

    knitone Lead commenter

    How long will it be before the idiots who are burning 5G masts turn their attention to cats?
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  17. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

  18. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    Experts said the findings were credible, but that they did not indicate cats were an important vector in spreading the disease between humans.

    Prof Eric Fèvre, chair of veterinary infectious diseases at the University of Liverpool, said: “People should take usual precautions of hand washing when handling their pets, and avoid overly intimate contact, especially if sick with Covid. It is important to add that this says nothing about how the virus coming out of a cat may or may not be infectious to humans.”

    Prof Jonathan Ball, a virologist at the University of Nottingham, said similar observations of transmission in cats had been made in relation to Sars, which is genetically closely related to Covid-19. “However, it should be remembered that cats are not playing much, if any, role in the spread of this virus,” he said. “Human to human transmission is clearly the main driver, so there is no need to panic about cats as an important source of virus.
  19. border_walker

    border_walker Lead commenter

    Apparently many pet owners are taking them to overrun pet rescue centres.
  20. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Fortunately our daughter's moggy is an indoor cat, but I warned her a couple of weeks ago about fussing other people's roaming cats when she's outdoors. I was thinking more of them carrying it in their fur from their owners than them actually contracting it.

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