Eight Asiatic lions housed within the Hyderabad Zoo have been identified with respiratory misery after contracting the SARS-CoV2 virus. All eight have been remoted and are responding properly to remedy, the Forests and Surroundings Ministry mentioned Tuesday.
The virus detected within the lions will not be of concern to people, and there’s no proof of transmission from animals, the centre added, because it urged media to stay cautious whereas reporting on the matter.
“On April 24, with an abundance of warning, Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad shared samples (collected from nostril, throat, and respiratory tract, underneath anaesthesia) from eight Asiatic lions housed within the zoo that had confirmed indicators of respiratory misery,” the discharge mentioned.
“Based mostly on detailed diagnostic assessments it has now been confirmed that the lions have examined optimistic for SARS-CoV2 virus,” it added.
Additional analyses revealed the an infection was not on account of any “variant of concern” to human beings.
The lions are behaving usually and consuming properly. Preventive measures are already in place for all workers, with the zoo being closed to minimise exterior contact, the centre defined.
The Central Zoo Authority has taken pre-emptive measures, and issued pointers and advisories to zoos in gentle of the rising variety of SARS CoV-2 case.
“Based mostly on expertise with zoo animals elsewhere on the planet which have skilled SARS-CoV2, there isn’t a factual proof animals can transmit the illness to people,” the CZA mentioned.
“Media is due to this fact requested to train excessive warning whereas reporting…” it added.
Though the phrases have grow to be intertwined over the course of the pandemic, SARS-CoV2 refers back to the virus that causes the COVID-19 illness.
There are a number of documented instances of animals – giant felines – contracting coronavirus. In April final yr 4 tigers and three lions at a zoo in america examined optimistic. All of them recovered.
In December 4 lions at a zoo in Spain additionally examined optimistic, and so they too recovered.
In March, information company Reuters reported that Russia had registered the primary Covid vaccine for animals. Assessments confirmed Carnivac-Cov was efficient for canines, cats, foxes and minks.