Eight Asiatic lions at Hyderabad zoo test positive for coronavirus

The animals had been examined after they confirmed signs of COVID-19.

Eight Asiatic lions on the Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad have examined constructive for the novel coronavirus, making it the primary such case the place an animal within the state has contracted the illness. Zoo authorities had determined to hold out RT-PCR checks on the lions after they started to point out COVID-19 signs.

In keeping with sources, the zoo authorities seen that the lions had been discovered coughing and with nasal discharge. They’d additionally reportedly seen a lack of urge for food. When the signs had been dropped at the discover of the zoo officers and the veterinarians, it was determined to get the lions examined for COVID-19.     

Hyderabad’s Nehru Zoological Park has a complete of 12 lions. eight amongst them have been discovered constructive for the virus. CCMB director Rakesh Mishra instructed TNM that the identical kits which are used for people had been used to check the massive cats too.

“Eight animals had been discovered constructive, they’d signs additionally. We checked that they’re contaminated with the previous variant, not the brand new variant that we’re involved about. The animals are recovering, they’re fantastic, they’re consuming. They’re additionally placing methods in place in order that the animals are extra remoted, eradicating prospects of extra infections. All these procedures are being put in place,” Rakesh Mishra stated.

“Infections in animals have been a priority, however individuals have examined and located that it’s not typically seen in cats or canine. However we’re going to do extra intensive testing now and we’ll attempt to discover out extra info,” he added. Quoting worldwide figures, Rakesh Mishra stated that out of many mammalian species examined, 13 had been discovered to have contracted the virus.

The Hyderabad zoo has been closed to the general public since Might 1 in view of the rising instances of COVID-19 after an advisory from the Ministry of Surroundings Forests and Local weather Change, New Delhi to shut all zoological parks, nationwide parks, tiger reserves and wildlife sanctuaries for guests.

Based mostly on the orders, it was determined that in Telangana the Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad, the Kakatiya Zoological Park in Warangal, Kawal and Amrabad Tiger Reserves and all Nationwide and Wildlife Sanctuaries within the state of Telangana be shut as a precautionary measure to stop unfold of virus amongst wildlife.

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