Questions about the Bronx Zoo Tiger and COVID-19

On April 5, a tiger at a New York zoo was confirmed as infected with COVID-19. Many people have questions about this case and what it means for pet owners. In this case, public health officials believe that the tiger and some other large cats which became sick had been exposed to an employee of the zoo who was actively shedding the virus. Health officials are continuing to monitor this situation.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has stated that “at this time, there is no evidence to suggest that any animals, including pets or livestock, can spread COVID-19 infection to people.”

Recommendations remain that anyone with symptoms or diagnosed with COVID-19 should avoid contact with animals just as they do with humans. Wash hands frequently if the person who is ill must continue to care for their pet.

For additions questions about pets and COVID-19, visit the AVMA’s website or call us, the careteam at Maple City Animal Hospital.

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