The zoo authorities and the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed it to CNN.
All the infected leopards have been suffering from respiratory and dry coughing symptoms. However, the symptoms are mild, the zoo director John Walczak said in a filmed statement.
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Quoting USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Articleify in a report
said the leopards might be infected by a staff though the zoo authorities have taken precautions.
It’s unlikely the leopards or any other animals pose a significant risk in transmitting the virus to humans, as Covid-19 is primarily spread between people.
The snow leopards are one of at least six animal species, which were infected with Coronavirus. They found Covid-19 positive after close contact with humans.
The first was a Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo. The tiger tested positive for Coronavirus in April. The animal showed symptoms of respiratory illness and by the end of the month, four other tigers and three African lions tested positive for the virus.