Two lions on the Zagreb zoo have examined optimistic for COVID-19 that that they had contracted from their keeper, officers mentioned on Wednesday.
These are the primary confirmed instances of the illness in zoo animals in Croatia, an agriculture ministry assertion mentioned.
Laboratory checks on samples taken from the 2 animals after that they had developed signs of the illness confirmed that they’ve COVID-19, it mentioned.
The huge cats, who’re present process medical therapy, caught the an infection from their keeper who was additionally examined afterwards and was optimistic, head of the zoo Damir Skok mentioned.
“The zookeeper as well as (lions) Leo and Ayana are fine. They sneeze and cough occasionally” and are recovering, he instructed native media.
Zoo guests can not contract the coronavirus from the lions as they’re saved behind a glass fence, he added.
Other animals that the keeper was caring for had been additionally examined for COVID-19 and outcomes of the checks are excepted quickly.
In September, a number of US zoos, together with the one in Washington, launched a vaccination marketing campaign for animals vulnerable to COVID-19 after a bout of illness amongst them.
Croatia, which has a few of Europe’s lowest inoculation charges, is at present dealing with a file surge of coronavirus infections because the begin of the pandemic.
The respiratory illness has claimed greater than 10,000 lives within the nation of 4.2 million folks.
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