Coronavirus: Tiger tests positive for Covid-19, others show symptoms of disease

Coronavirus: Tiger tests positive for Covid-19, others show symptoms of disease

- An employee of a zoo in the United States has infected a four-year-old tiger and other big cats with coronavirus

- Although, only the tiger has been tested and the result came out positive, other big cats are also showing symptoms of the disease

- The employee who infected the animals has not been identified by the zoo

A four-year-old female Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo identified as Nadia has tested positive for coronavirus after coming in contact with an asymptomatic employee.

The tiger is believed to be the first known case of an animal infected with Covid-19 in the United States.

The test result was confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Iowa, BBC reports.

Legit.ng gathers that apart from Nadia, six other big cats, were infected by an asymptomatic zoo keeper. But Nadia was the only one that was tested.

According to report, the cats started showing symptoms, including a dry cough, late last month after exposure to the employee, who has not been identified.

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The chief veterinarian at the zoo, Paul Calle, said: "This is the first time that any of us know of anywhere in the world that a person infected the animal and the animal got sick."

In other news, Bayero University’s Department of Pure and Industrial Chemistry has mobilised its staff for the production of hand sanitisers as the world battles with the coronavirus pandemic.

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The sanitisers will be used within the university campus and possibly the Kano community, The Nation reports.

The disclosure was made on Friday, April 3, by the head of the department, Dr Ibrahim Tajo Siraj.

Siraj said the idea was borne out of the desire to give a helping hand in the fight against the disease.

He said: “As you are aware, Universities were known to be serving as research centres where solutions are proffered for any problem facing the society, and now it is time to prove to this, hence, our decision to mobilize our members to the laboratories with a view to producing hand sanitizers as stop-gap measures."

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Legit.ng previously reported that a Nigerian man identified as Mustapha Adekunle Ogunsakin disclosed that coronavirus emergency relief materials were received in his area, but expressed displeasure about what was received.

Mustapha took to his Facebook page to make the disclosure on Thursday, April 2. He wrote on Facebook: "The COVID 19 emergency relief package of Lagos State received in my CDA this morning. Mind you, the CDA consists of about 300 families made up of both strong and weak people."

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