National Zoo Big Cats Test ‘Presumptive Positive’ For COVID-19

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September 17, 2021 astatine 1:00 pm

WASHINGTON (WJZ) — Six lions, a Sumatran tiger and 2 Amur tigers person tested presumptive affirmative for COVID-19, the National Zoo successful Washington, D.C. announced Wednesday.

The Zoo said the animals were observed coughing and sneezing successful the animals, they were besides lethargic and had decreased appetites. Testing of fecal samples tested presumptive positive, but last results are expected successful the adjacent fewer days.

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The lions and tigers are being treated with assorted medications for their discomfort and appetite, and they stay nether adjacent observation.

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The zoo said the nationalist is not astatine hazard fixed the region betwixt the animals and visitors. No different animals are showing signs of infection, officials said.

An probe of unit successful adjacent proximity of the tigers and lions did not effect successful immoderate grounds to pinpoint wherever the corruption came from.

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Some prime animals are acceptable to beryllium vaccinated against COVID-19 erstwhile a specialized vaccine becomes disposable successful the coming months, the zoo said.

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