South Africa: Puma and 3 lions infected with Delta variant in Pretoria Zoo

Here we report infection of an exotic puma and three African lions in the same private zoo in Johannesburg, South Africa. Genomic surveillance identified the transmission of a Delta variant from a zookeeper to the three lions, similar to those circulating in humans in South Africa. One lion developed pneumonia while the other cases had mild infection. Both the puma and lions remained positive for SARS-CoV-2 RNA for up to 7 weeks

MDPI preprint: SARS-CoV-2 Reverse Zoonoses to Pumas and Lions, South Africa

 

 

 

 

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USA: 3 lions test positive for Sars-CoV-2 in New Orleans zoo

Three of six lions at Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana have tested positive for Sars-CoV-2 this week, the zoo has announced.

Arnold, an adult male, Asani, a yearling male, and Kali, an adult female, were tested after they were observed coughing and showing nasal discharge.

“All lions continue to have a normal appetite and appear to be doing well. They are showing few symptoms other than coughing, sneezing, and nasal discharge. They are currently being quarantined in their habitat. Veterinarians are monitoring all six lions closely and will treat any serious symptoms as they may arise,” Bob MacLean, Senior Veterinarian at the zoo said in a statement.

Audubonnatureinstitute.org report

 

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