Zoo ramps up virus prevention efforts

  • China
  • Tuesday, 07 Apr 2020

SHANGHAI: The Shanghai Zoo says it has stepped up Covid-19 prevention efforts after a tiger in the United States tested positive for the respiratory disease.

Nadia, a four-year-old female Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York City, became the first animal known to be infected with the virus in the United States after it was tested on Saturday.

Nadia had developed a dry cough in late March.

Six other big cats at the zoo – three tigers and three lions – have also exhibited symptoms of the illness, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

In light of this incident, a Shanghai Zoo spokesperson said on Sunday that the park had increased its disinfection frequency and instructed staff members to ensure that visitors do not feed the animals or litter within the premises.

The zoo also requires all staff members and visitors to wear face masks when in the park.

The Shanghai Zoo reopened its doors to the public on March 13, with visitor numbers totalling 11,738 on Sunday. — China Daily/ANN

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