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Source: United Kingdom – Executive Government & Departments

There have been reports of a tiger in New York that has tested positive for COVID-19. 

Dr Sarah Caddy, Veterinarian and Clinical Research Fellow, University of Cambridge, said:

“A tiger in the Bronx zoo with a dry cough has tested positive for COVID-19. A pre-print released last week found that domestic cats can be experimentally infected with SARS-CoV-2 if large doses of virus are administered intranasally. Therefore the report of a tiger with the same virus is not wholly unexpected.

However, it is surprising that the tiger has become infected with what must have been a fairly low dose of virus – we can assume the tiger did not have continual close contact with the asymptomatic zoo keeper.  It is also interesting that the tiger showed clinical signs consistent with COVID-19 in humans. Although scientific proof is lacking, the chance this is just a coincidence is low.

What does this mean for our pet cats? Nothing new – at present there is still only one suspect case where an owner has spread the virus to their pet. It is possible that tigers in captivity are more susceptible to the virus than household moggies as there is a 5% difference between their genomes. The bottom line is that there is no evidence that any cat, large or small, can transmit virus back to humans.”

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MIL OSI United Kingdom