Tiger At Zoo Contracts Coronavirus, Raising Questions About Household Pets
MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:
On Sunday, New York City reported a rather unusual case of COVID-19.
ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:
A Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the coronavirus.
KELLY: According to the zoo, the 4-year-old tiger named Nadia appeared to be visibly sick with a dry cough by March 27.
SHAPIRO: While only Nadia has been tested, six other big cats at the zoo are also showing symptoms.
KELLY: So yeah, animals can get the coronavirus. And it's not a jump to ask, what if our pets get it - our pets?
SHAPIRO: Well, the USDA says there is no evidence yet that animals can spread the virus to people. And it is not recommending routine testing of animals.
KELLY: But you should wash your hands after petting your dogs, your cats, ferrets, hamsters and so on.
SHAPIRO: And as for whether we can give the coronavirus to our pets...
KELLY: The American Veterinary Medical Association and the CDC have recommended you can never be too careful.
SHAPIRO: So if you suspect you might have COVID-19, it is best to limit contact with your furry friends.
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