Indian zoos on high alert after tiger tests positive for coronavirus in US

PTI New Delhi, India Apr 06, 2020, 03.36 PM(IST)

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The authority said mammals, especially cats, ferret, and primates, need to be carefully monitored and fortnightly samples of suspected cases are sent to designated animal health institutes for COVID-19 testing. 

The Central Zoo Authority on Monday asked all zoos across the country to remain on high alert and collect samples fortnightly in suspected cases after a tiger in a US zoo tested positive for coronavirus.

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In a letter to all states and Union territories, CZA Member Secretary SP Yadav said, "The United States Department of Agriculture's National Veterinary Services Laboratories has confirmed COVID-19 in a tiger in the Bronx Zoo, New York.

"Zoos in the country are, therefore, advised to remain on highest alertness, watch animals on a 24X7 basis using CCTVs for any abnormal behaviour or symptoms," it said.

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The authority said mammals, especially cats, ferret, and primates, need to be carefully monitored and fortnightly samples of suspected cases are sent to designated animal health institutes for COVID-19 testing.