Six big cats at the Smithsonian National Zoo tested positive for the coronavirus in September
8 big cats in a zoo in the United States have tested positive for coronavirus, just days after a pet dog in the U.k. tested positive.
Two African lions, two leopards, an Amur tiger, a puma, and two jaguars are among the afflicted cats, according to The Hill, citing the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Although some of the animals had a cough and nasal discharge, the symptoms were minor.
According to the local newspaper, none of the other 12,000 animals at the St. Louis Zoo have tested positive. The source of the virus among the cats has yet to be discovered.
The zoo has been injecting its animals with an animal-specific vaccine against the disease that has caused havoc on the worldwide human population for more than a month, according to The Hill.
Six big cats at the Smithsonian National Zoo tested positive for the coronavirus in September.
The chance of animals transmitting the coronavirus to humans is low, according to the CDC, but individuals have been documented transferring the virus to animals all around the world, according to The Hill.
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