A four-year-old female Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Bronx Zoo, in New York City, says the test result was confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Iowa.
Nadia the female tiger, along with six other big cats, is thought to have been infected by an asymptomatic zookeeper.
The cats started showing symptoms, including a dry cough, late last month after exposure to the employee, who has not been identified. The zoo has not yet determined how the virus got into the animal. Other zoo animals do not show any signs of illness. The virus may have been transmitted to an animal through an unprotected infection, the zoo said.
Earlier it was claimed to have confirmed the coronavirus infection in cats in Belgium and dogs in Hong Kong. So far there has been no evidence that the virus can transmit the virus to humans.