Bronx, New York – Nadia, a four-year-old Malayan tiger, has tested positive for the coronavirus. Zoo officials believe that the tiger was infected by a handler that had the virus.
It is believed that the tiger has infected four other tigers and lions. Officials are currently working to contain the virus to prevent it from spreading to the primates. Carrying similar genes as humans, primates are easily able to be infected with the same viruses.
The USDA is asking pet owners to minimize their interactions with their pets until more information about the virus is available.
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