Eight Asiatic lions at Hyderabad’s Nehru Zoological Park have examined positive for the lethal Coronavirus, maybe the first identified case of the human infecting the feline and making them sick in India.
Highly positioned sources on the zoo advised The Hindu that the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) knowledgeable the forest authorities over the cellphone that the RT-PCR exams of those huge cats have been positive. However, CCMB samples have been collected from the animals involved however it is going to take just a few days to substantiate.
The CCMB will perform detailed investigation of the samples for genome sequencing to seek out out if the pressure got here from human beings or not.
The scientist cautioned the officers to take precautions and begin the medicine on the earliest. The zoo authorities are prone to conduct a CT Scan of the lions to know the influence of the an infection on their lungs.
The Zoo Director and Curator Dr. Siddhanand Kukrety and VVL Subhadra Devi respectively didn’t reply to the repeated calls by this correspondent to disclaim or affirm the information formally.
However, one other supply on the 380-acre campus, which home greater than 1,500 inmates, stated that outcomes from the CCMB shall be submitted to Ms. Subhadra Devi in an hour or two, and to alert them the scientists have orally advised the higher-up concerning the outcomes.
“Yes, the lions were tested after displaying mild symptoms. As of now they are active and are doing well,” the officer stated, including that 4 male and 4 feminine huge cats have been housed in the 40-acre Safari space.
He stated that on April 24, caretakers seen that these huge cats developed signs like dry cough, nasal discharge, and lack of urge for food and shortly alerted the veterinary workforce. Soon, the vets took oropharyngeal swab samples of the feline and despatched them to CCMB, the place the scientists are prone to do genome sequencing to seek out out if the pressure got here from human beings.
Currently, NZP, one of many largest zoos in Asia, is closed for guests as a precautionary measure. More than two dozen staffers on the zoo have been examined positive for the virus.