By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Two tigers at the Pittsburgh Zoo tested positive for COVID-19.
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The zoo says the tigers have started to show clinical signs, such as the occasional cough, but have otherwise been in good shape and are expected to make a full recovery.
The results of the rapid antigen test showed the tigers tested positive, and the zoo said it is waiting for the results of a PCR test as well.
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It’s likely the tigers got the virus from an asymptomatic worker, the zoo said.
“We take this situation seriously and continue to offer our tigers the best possible care,” said Dr. Jeremy Goodman, President and CEO, in a press release. “We do not allow any of our visitors to come near one of our cats, so the risk of transmission to our guests is very low.”
In April, two lionesses at the zoo tested positive for COVID-19 and made a full recovery.
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There have been no domestic deaths from tigers who contracted COVID-19, the zoo said.