4 lions in a zoo infected with the Coronavirus

Newborn lions cubs are pictured inside their cage after being born in captivity amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic at Altiplano's zoo in San Pablo Apetatitlan, in Tlaxcala state, Mexico, November 20, 2020. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

The Barcelona Zoo announced four of its lions contracted the Covid-19 virus in November and made a full recovery.

The city park, located in northeastern Spain, said in a statement that last month, the caretakers of the four lions had “mild respiratory symptoms” in three 16-year-old female lionesses and a four-year-old male lion.

The statement indicated that a clinical protocol “similar to that used to treat influenza” was applied to the treatment of the four animals, with anti-inflammatory treatment and close monitoring, stressing that they “responded positively” and regained their health.

The statement stated that the zoo administration in the Catalan capital contacted “international experts, for example, the veterinary system at the New York Bronx Zoo in the United States, as it is the only one that has documented animal cases of SARS-Cove-2,” the statement added.

The statement explained that “the lions did not show any difficulty breathing or any other symptoms, and all symptoms disappeared after 15 days, except for coughing and sneezing.”

Specific measures have been taken for the employees who take care of these lions to avoid the risk of transmission to them, including putting on a “GF FB3” muzzle, special protective socks, and placing a glass front addition to lowering caregivers by the belt.

And at the beginning of April, a tiger from the famous Bronx Zoo in New York was confirmed to be infected with the Covid-19 virus, and it is believed that the infection was transmitted to the Hawian from a guard who did not show any symptoms at the time.

In several parts of the world, it has been observed that several animals have been infected with the new Coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic, including cats, dogs, and animals from you.

The mink is the only animal that has so far been certain to transmit the infection to humans after being infected. According to the latest report, the authorities in more than one country have taken the initiative to execute mink animals from which fur is produced, most notably Denmark, where more than 10 million mink have already been executed.

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