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Two Lionesses Tested COVID Positive at Etawah Safari Park in Uttar Pradesh

The safari park authorities have shifted the infected animals to isolation. The safari park has already been shut for public

Two Lionesses Tested COVID Positive at Etawah Safari Park in Uttar Pradesh

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  8 May 2021 12:43 PM GMT

Lucknow:

Animals Contracting COVID-19: Two lionesses have tested COVID positive at Etawah Safari Park, Uttar Pradesh. The park's director said that both the animals have been kept in isolation. Dr KP Singh, the Joint Director of Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), said that the chain of transmission of the virus could have taken place through any asymptomatic human carrier, probably caretakers, working at the park. The safari park has already been shut to the public.

The possibility of animals contracting COVID-19 first came to light when a four-year-old female tiger 'Nadia' and six others tested positive at Bronx Zoo in New York City in April 2020. The animals got infected after getting exposed to an asymptomatic zookeeper.
Last week, Union Forest and Environment Ministry said that Hyderabad Zoo's eight Asiatic lions have been diagnosed with respiratory distress after contracting the SARS-CoV2 virus. All the eight lions have been isolated and are responding well to treatment. The centre added that the virus detected in the lions is not of concern to humans, and there is no evidence of transmission from animals.
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There have also been isolated instances of pets getting coronavirus elsewhere in the world, but experts have stressed that there is no evidence of them spreading the disease.


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