Zoo employees decided to make a tigress named Nadia a test for coronavirus after she began a severe dry cough and decreased appetite. It is likely that the animal was infected by a zoo caretaker, who at the time of contact with the tigress did not yet have symptoms of coronavirus infection.
In addition, two more Amur tigers and three African lions, similar to these symptoms, were also found at the zoo in the Bronx. They probably may also have a coronavirus, but they have not yet been tested, because for this they need to be anesthetized.
Now Nadia is generally feeling well and is recovering.
The case of tigress coronavirus infection is the first case in the history of this pandemic when scientists managed to record the transmission of coronavirus from person to animal in the United States, and the fact of infection with COVID-19 in a tiger was first established.