Nadia, a tiger at the Bronx zoo,
was tested and confirmed positive with the corona virus.
What do pet owners need to know following this shocking news?
According to USDA
“At this time, there is no evidence to suggest that any animals, including pets or livestock, can spread COVID-19 infection to people.
Will this finding prompt additional testing of animals?
What we already know?
To protect ourselves and family by washing our hands regularly, and wearing a mask in public. Stay home unless needing essential things. Disinfect, and clean surfaces. Use gloves or wait 24 hours BEFORE opening boxed shipments.
AGAIN, wash your hands with soap and water BEFORE touching ANYTHING in your home as this virus clings to surfaces which could include your pet.
What’s changed since the diagnoses of this tiger?
For actions taken to prevent the virus, nothing.
With animals and the virus itself?
USDA (United States Department of Agriculture and CDC (Centers For Disease Control and Prevention) are monitoring the situation and working to support the state and local health departments and state animal health officials.
Be safe, take precautions to protect yourself AND your family.